BVI BEACON – Energy security in the Caribbean and Latin America are “primary issues” for the Obama administration, United States Vice President Joe Biden said this week.
“This is extremely important to us,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s overwhelmingly in the interests of the United States of America that we get it right.”
Mr. Biden was speaking to US and Caribbean leaders and international development bankers Monday at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC.
The summit also included a proposal from the World Bank to create a Caribbean Energy Investment Network, which would “improve coordination and communication among development partners” and “empower Caribbean nations to direct and align external support with their own national goals,” according to a White House press release.
In a joint statement issued after the summit, attendees pledged to pursue “necessary and specific reforms” to facilitate alternative energy in their respective countries.
The governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom signed the statement.
The CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank Group, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Organisation of American States, and the World Bank Group also signed the statement.
Click below to watch a video of Mr. Biden’s remarks at the summit: