stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados

spot_img

High Energy Costs Affecting Regional Private Sector

spot_img

A senior Caribbean Community (CARICOM) official has disclosed that high energy costs and reliability remain significant constraints on the Caribbean’s private-sector operations.

Joseph Cox, CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary General, spoke at the Caribbean Poultry Association’s 7th annual international technical symposium.

He told Tuesday’s event in Trinidad and Tobago that electricity costs in the Caribbean are nearly triple the average in the United States.

Cox disclosed that, except for Trinidad and Tobago, demand for electricity in the Region exceeds supply.

 The CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General noted that disruptions in the electricity supply are not uncommon.

In addition to high energy costs, Cox spoke of the need to achieve the requisite transformation of the Regional poultry sector by focusing on re-tooling and reinvestment.

He highlighted providing greater access to affordable capital and financing, including trade financing, to incentivize the entrepreneurial classes to undertake the risk that accompanies economic progress.

However, Cox told his audience that the Region continues to perform sub-optimally, with indicators for registering property, access to credit, and the cost of finance being perennial problems.

Discussing potential solutions, Cox suggested that measures to tackle high interest rates in the Caribbean could include improving the reformation of the respective Banking Acts.

Please note that comments are moderated. When commenting, please remember: 1) be respectful of all, 2) don't make accusations or post anything that is unverified, 3) don't include foul language, 4) limit links, 5) use words, not volume, and 6) don't add promotional content. Comments that do not meet the above criteria or adhere to our "Commenting Policy" will not be published.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Cox, I would suggest you used your office to get the various countries to unify together, otherwise you’ll be in a canoe with no paddle or survival gear. We often speak of the facts that are needed but we are horrible at implementing it. So, unity is the beginning then everything falls into play.

  2. Mr Cox is correct and it is left to Trinidad to assist Caricom in obtaining cheaper oil prices in the short to medium term for the survival of this sector. More action is needed on the Caricom trading arrangements. Food security has to be a priority moving forward.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

TRENDING

Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Want News Alerts on Your Mobile Device? Join Our WhatsApp ChannelJoin
+ +
Send this to a friend