Saint Lucia, New Zealand sign Geothermal Support Partnership Agreement


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Minister McCully (left) and Minister Fletch shake hands.

Hon. Dr. James Fletcher, Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, signed a Geothermal Support Partnership Framework Agreement on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia with Hon. Murray McCully, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of New Zealand.

The Partnership Agreement is designed to provide key technical assistance to support geothermal exploration, and help define the prospects for advancing geothermal development in Saint Lucia. The Agreement is also designed to support training opportunities in geothermal energy through New Zealand Development Scholarships, and facilitate where possible, practical skills development opportunities.

The signing of the Partnership Agreement took place on Sep. 1, the opening of the Third International Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa, where Dr. Fletcher is leading Saint Lucia’s delegation. The agreement represents the culmination of a series of discussions between Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology and New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the advancement of geothermal development, which is a critical component of the Government’s plans to transition Saint Lucia away from its dependence on expensive diesel fuel for the generation of electricity.

A few hours after signing the Partnership Agreement with the Government of New Zealand, Saint Lucia’s Sustainable Development Minister addressed the General Debate of the SIDS Conference and outlined the importance of building partnerships between governments, and with civil society and the private sector to solve the many problems and challenges confronting SIDS.

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  1. Since Dr. Fletcher is a great proponent for the environment and renewable energy. He has been in Government for 13 years. What has St. Lucia achieved in these sectors? As far as i know we are still faced with a culture of indiscriminate garbage disposal through the ineffective administration of policies. Still we have no other source of energy far less a renewable one. Water Management is at its worst it has been. Now you tell me, what has been achieved by your highly praised and revered som of the soil?

    Nonsense, remember the kids are watching.

  2. “All we like sheep have gone astray”…Bible. Could someone count the number of times we have had Geothermal Agreements in the past?

    Whats the point of praising someone who has achieved nothing. It would be tantamont to Barak Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. This is exactly whats wrong in St. Lucia, everybody talks and signs deals with nothing to show for it. In fact signing deals nowadays have even posed more problems to us than good. Petro Caribe & ALBA, Grynberg to name a few.

  3. what happened to Qualibou Inc?

  4. I wish we had more like Dr. Fletcher government.

  5. Seems to be one of the better ones…Dr. J

  6. DR. Fletcher.

    A man, A voice, an Son of the Soil, A man for with a Vision, A man for the Future.

    We all Salute you, Sir!

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