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Jamaica, CARICOM leaders begin two-day US-Caribbean energy summit in Washington

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller along with other CARICOM leaders will today begin high-level talks in Washington with US vice-president Joe Biden on the region's energy security.

Biden is expected to preside over what's being called the first Clean Energy Security Summit.

Simpson Miller is leading Jamaica’s team that also includes Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell.

It is expected that the discussions will lead to cooperation to address the energy challenges facing the region, identify ways to increase investment in energy initiatives and promote the development and use of renewable energy.

The two-day summit is a follow up to the US vice-president’s May 2013 meeting with Caribbean leaders in Trinidad and Tobago.

At that meeting leaders agreed to work to promote energy security in the region.

The energy summit coincides with the reported uncertainty over the region’s oil programme with Venezuela, PetroCaribe.


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