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Press Release - Minister Wheatley To Open Renewable Energy Congress In Panama


Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley MP and Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) left the island on the weekend for Panama City, where he will deliver the Keynote Ministerial Opening Address at the 2nd Central American and Caribbean Renewable Energy Congress, RECAM 2017, tomorrow (Tuesday, March7).

The Congress which runs from March 7-9 at the Hilton, Panama, will serve as a networking opportunity for the over 350 senior renewable energy executives in the Central American and Caribbean region and policy makers. It will also place emphasis on green energy sector best practices, national policies and case studies in the field.

Information from the Congress organizers notes that “RECAM will unite the whole value chain to facilitate new business development by highlighting the scope of available projects, and showcasing best practices for securing contracts in each country.”

“Focused on the rapid development of renewable energy in the region,   RECAM 2017 is an opportunity for Jamaica to gain further insight on the green energy landscape and the market opportunities available, as government continues to implement the energy framework that will more quickly and efficiently take us to our growth destination,” says Dr. Wheatley.

Tuesday, the first day of the Congress, is also Caribbean Focus Day, whereby, according to RECAM information, “success stories from Cuba, Aruba and Jamaica”, will convince practitioners in the renewable energy sector to ‘take the plunge’ and get their projects “off the ground”.  

An element of the Congress includes nomination, voting and announcement of winners in categories such as: Most Innovative Project of the Region; Developer of the Year and Renewables Champion of the Year. Minister Wheatley is one of two nominees in the third category – the other is Faro Energy.

The Minister will be back in the island for Parliament on Thursday.