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OAS Launches Project for Biofuels Development in Jamaica

  May 19, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of Sustainable Development, today launched in Jamaica a project that supports the development and implementation of biofuels policies and programs in the Caribbean country.

The initiative—Technical Assistance for Biofuels Development and Policy Support in Jamaica—seeks to establish a strong legal and regulatory framework for a vibrant liquid biofuels industry, facilitate the sharing of perspectives among the respective stakeholders and advise on appropriate technologies.

"The OAS is committed to supporting Jamaica in the articulation of a sustainable bioenergetic policy,” said Francisco Burgos, OAS Specialist on Energy and Sustainable Development. “In this sense, the initiative we launched today seeks to strengthen the country’s experience in the production of biofuels, placing special emphasis on the social, economic and environmental aspects that said industry demands.”

The OAS is a partner organization in the U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Biofuels Cooperation. Currently, this regional organization helps to implement partnership activities in the third-party countries that are beneficiaries of the said agreement, including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The OAS also supports other sustainable energy activities in the Caribbean, such as the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) for the development of national energy policies and implementation measures (in Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines), and the Eastern Caribbean Geothermal Project (Geo-Caraïbes), which supports assessment and market conditioning for the development of geothermal power in Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.

The project’s launching was held today in the Banquet Hall of the Office of the Jamaican Prime Minister at Jamaica House, Kingston, with the participation of Francisco Burgos; James Robertson, Jamaica’s Minister of Energy and Mining; and Hillary Alexander, Permanent Secretary in Jamaica’s Ministry of Energy and Mining.

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Reference: E-187/10