Guyana

City water loss at over 70%

After nearly 22 consecutive years in office, the PPP/C government has still not been able to reverse the over 70% loss of water produced in Georgetown, while only 6.5% of the populace is being serviced by the national sewerage system. The stark figures were contained in a release the Inter-American Develop-ment Bank (IDB) issued last […]

Energy Shortage Plagues Caribbean’s Manufacturing Sector

By Narayan Ammachchi High energy costs are holding back several Caribbean countries from stimulating the proliferation of export-oriented manufacturing plants, according to a new study by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The UN agency has suggested that the countries involve private companies in generating electricity, expressing concern that ministries or […]

IDB approves US$16M loan for water, sanitation -more than 70% of Georgetown water unaccounted for

Guyana will boost access to drinking water and sanitation services with a US$16,838,250 loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a release from the bank said today. The initiative is known as the Program to Improve Water and Sanitation Infrastructure and Supply. It will build, upgrade and expand water treatment plants and improve access […]

OAS Roundtable Discussed the Challenges and Opportunities of Political Dialogue Addressing Climate Change

Wednesday 18th 2014 - The 59th Policy Roundtable of the Organization of American States (OAS), held today at the headquarters of the hemispheric Organization in Washington, DC, had as its central theme “Policy Dialogue on Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for the Americas.” In his introduction of the topic, Hugo de Zela, Chief of Staff of […]

Trinidad & Tobago is not the only energy-rich country in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago is not the only energy-rich country in the Caribbean, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) President Dr Warren Smith said Wednesday (May 28) while addressing delegates of the bank’s 44th annual meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. “We now know that our other borrowing member countries are definitely not energy poor. Guyana alone has enough renewable […]

A Strong Manufacturing Sector Will Never Be Realised Without Cheap Energy

Government Information Agency President Donald Ramotar delivering the feature at the launch of GuyExpo 2014 at the Guyana International Conference Centre. GEORGETOWN (GINA) — Guyana’s premier trade fair and exhibition, GUYEXPO was officially launched this evening by President Donald Ramotar at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC), Liliendaal under the theme, “Transformation: Partnering for a […]

Caribbean seeks to take full advantage of new U.N. climate fund

A boy walks past waves churned up by approaching tropical storm Chantal, at Haina Beach in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 30 2014 (IPS) - The South Korea-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) is open for business, and Caribbean countries are hoping that it will prove to be much more […]

CDB President calls for frontal attack on energy costs in the Caribbean

By CUOPM As the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis continues the march towards a green economy, the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, has made a strong appeal for Regional countries to give urgent and priority attention to the role of energy in improving economic performance. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime […]

Caribbean urged to make full use of Green Climate Fund

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says the operationalising of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) provides an important opportunity for regional countries to not only adapt to climate change but also to mitigate its effects. In addition, Selwin Hart, the Climate Change Finance Advisor with the CDB […]

Time For Caribbean Region to “Attack” High Energy Costs

Above: geothermal work in Dominica (Caribbean Journal photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s time for a frontal “attack” on high energy costs in the Caribbean region, according to Dr Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank. Smith, who was speaking at the 44th Annual Meeting of the of the Board of Governors of […]