Ban impressed with Caribbean LED
UNITED NATIONS Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, today got an idea of the progress Barbados was making in its renewable energy sector during a tour of Caribbean LED Lighting at Lower Estate, St Michael.
The UN Secretary General, who is currently in Barbados for the 36th Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government Summit, was accompanied by Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, and members of his delegation.
Minister Inniss, in welcoming Ban and his delegation to the island, said he was heartened that he took time out of his busy schedule to visit Barbados.
“We are … firmly reminded of your continuing commitment to Climate Change issues and environmental issues and that is why we are eternally grateful that you have been able to visit Caribbean LED here today as this really epitomises all that we have been talking about through this manufacturing process here,” Inniss said.
Noting that it was commendable a company like LED existed in Barbados, and was able to produce a product that could make a fundamental difference in energy use and conservation around the world, Inniss said this was nothing short of remarkable.
“This little island and this little company in particular really and truly showcases to the rest of the world that we can do it. And, if we can do it here in Barbados, I am sure, as Secretary General as you continue your work around the world you can help to show the world that Barbados can help lead in this matter,” he remarked.
Describing the visit as meaningful, the Secretary General said what he had seen so far was “impressive”.
Ban noted that there were people who were working hard to ensure that this world was sustainable and praised Caribbean LED for taking the lead in this matter.
“As you know the United Nations took the initiative in 2011 to achieve sustainable energy for all… We have received the widest possible support from the international communities and Barbados is one of the champions in this regard, and by 2020, Barbados could be considered one of the top five energy producers in the world and you should be very proud,” he said.
He added that there was a dire need to invest in this creative, renewable and sustainable energy sector, and therefore told those gathered that in order to achieve this goal it required technological as well as financial support. (BGIS)