Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to attend Energy Summit in Washington
WILLEMSTAD – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden invited the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes and Minister of Finance, who is also in charge of the energy sectors on the island, Dr. Jose Jardim to attend the Caribbean Energy Security Summit to be held on January 25 & 26, 2015.
This important summit will host delegations from 16 Caribbean countries as well as another 20 delegations from leading players in the region; such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, CARICOM, Canada, EU, Spain, United Kingdom, and Colombia.
The summit begins on January 25 with an opening reception hosted by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. The following day, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and Minister Jardim will attend a breakfast meeting also hosted by the Secretary of State to discuss climate change issues facing the region, specifically how countries can work together to reach a new global agreement on climate change.
U.S. Vice President Biden will meet with the heads of the Caribbean delegations on two separate occasions: a multi-lateral meeting to discuss regional and global cooperation and citizen education and a working lunch to discuss building a consensus on energy security. Vice President Biden will also deliver a keynote address to the combined 36 delegations and other special invitees.
The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman will also speak on a panel discussion on the topic of “Comprehensive Approaches to Energy Transformation” at which he is invited to share Aruba’s lessons on its successful move to greater use of renewable energy before over 500 energy leaders from both the public and private sector.
During the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister Etienne van der Horst, as usual, will be his substitute as Vice Prime Minister.