Twenty five ministers from 23 countries are to gather at the World Energy Council’s (WEC) World Energy Leaders’ Summit in Cartagena, Columbia on 23 October to hold talks over the future of energy in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
The Summit, to be co-hosted and attended by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia will welcome energy ministers and energy department officials from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.
Ministers from Algeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Russia, the UAE, and the USA will also join the talks.
The ministers are to meet at a private Ministerial Roundtable within the WEC’s World Energy Leaders’ Summit to address the triple challenge of the energy trilemma. At the wider Summit they will be joined by over 100 chief executives and head of organisations from the region. Regional integration, energy-water-food nexus, and decentralized energy will be among the top issues on the discussion agenda.
Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, commented: “The Latin America and Caribbean is a region of enormous energy wealth, yet there is also significant untapped potential due to the lack of strong regional integration infrastructure. At our Cartagena Summit we will look at the region’s top energy issues and ask how countries can best balance the energy trilemma and provide secure, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy for their people. I look forward to a sharing of the latest insights and best practices”.
José Antonio Vargas Lleras, WEC Vice Chair for Latin America and the Caribbean, said: “Jointed up engagement from both governments and businesses is absolutely necessary in order to achieve viable energy systems for the region’s prosperity and growth. Our Cartagena Summit will provide the very necessary platform for such engaged dialogue”.
Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey
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