US to host first Caribbean Energy Security Summit

The White House says Vice President Joseph Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 26, 2015.

“The Vice President looks forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance and donor coordination,” said the White House in a statement on Monday.

It said the Summit will include remarks by the vice president, an energy security roundtable with heads of government, and meetings and events with government officials, representatives from the private sector, and officials from multilateral institutions.

Biden’s office said the prime ministers or cabinet ministers from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago are expected to attend the Summit.

The White House said the Summit is a “key component” of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative that the vice president announced in June 2014.

It will be hosted by the White House and the State Department in partnership with the Atlantic Council and the Council of the Americas.

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