Renewable Energy in the Caribbean: CARICOM foreign ministers at KLU

CARICOM foreign ministers standing in the foyer of KLU

How might projects for renewable energy in the Caribbean look? What will they require when it comes to planning, technology, and logistics? German companies and the countries in CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) discussed these questions and more as part of the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Germany and CARICOM on March 3, 2015 at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg.

During the business seminar, representatives from Siemens AG, SoWiTec group GmbH and Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH discussed projects for alternative energy production with the CARICOM foreign ministers. In the Caribbean region, the geographical conditions are excellent for solar and wind energy, for example. One focal point of the talks was how to ensure a stable supply of energy, which relies on a useful tie-in to the methods used for conventional energy production. They also discussed issues of infrastructure and logistics for an efficient energy supply system, as well as financing options.

President Thomas Strothotte of KLU warmly welcomed the delegates to the seminar, including the foreign ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The event’s partners were the German Foreign Office, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Lateinamerika Verein e.V., and Kühne Logistics University.

Photo: I.E. The Hon. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, (foreign minister of Guyana and chair of the CARICOM Foreign Minister’s Council/ 8th from right), S.E. Irwin LaRocque (CARICOM general secretary/5th from right), Arthur E. Darboven (CEO, Bernhard Benecke Coffee GmbH & Co. KG, member of the Lateinamerika Vereins e.V. steering committee/8th from left) and Professor Thomas Strothotte (president of Kühne Logistics University/7th from right)