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Utility sector leaders across the Caribbean to probe for opportunities 

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Hopeton Dunn

As the utilities sector continues to expand across horizons in the Caribbean, the experts will later this month be heading to the Secrets Resorts and Spa in Montego Bay, St James, to discuss some of the issues currently plaguing the sector and brainstorm feasible opportunities for growth through regulation.

This will happen at the 14th annual conference of the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators being held under the theme, 'Regulation: Creating a Spectrum of Opportunities in the Caribbean' between October 26 and 28.

Managing partner at Energy Narrative, Jed Bailey, will be among those kicking off proceedings for the first day. He will speak on issues of governance.

Director of leadership studies and business development at Warrington College of Business, Araceli Castaneda, will be another. On day two of the conference, Prof Hopeton Dunn, the chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, will moderate a panel discussion on the topic, 'Regulating media and communication: local opportunities and global challenges'.

After that discussion, Paul Golding, dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Technology, will present on emerging trends in the telecommunications industry. On the final day, senior specialist in water and sanitation at the Inter-Development Bank, Evan Cayetano, will present on investment opportunities in the water and sewage sector. He will also broaden the discussion on the viability of public and private partnerships.

Meanwhile, Kwylan Jaggassar, a tariff analyst from the Regulated Industries Commission in Trinidad and Tobago, will speak on water demand forecasting in the country from a regular's perspective.