Next ECCB Digital Dialogues Explores Pandemic and Climate Resilience

4 March 2021, Basseterre, Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will facilitate a discussion on Exploring Renewable Energy to Fuel Recovery, Resilience and Transformation in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) when it hosts the next ECCB Digital Dialogues on Thursday, 11 March.

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The ECCB recognises that climate change poses a threat to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and requires urgent action as countries formulate sustainable and green recovery plans in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ECCB believes that a green recovery plan would create new employment and business opportunities to absorb the losses from industries that have been affected by the pandemic. The green recovery plan, would also offer opportunities to enhance resilience against the recurrent threats of violent and destructive natural disasters; reduce the region’s dependency on oil imports; and help to protect the environment through reduction in carbon emissions.

Governor of the ECCB, Timothy N. J. Antoine and a panel of experts will explore the importance of building climate resilience as a pillar for ensuring recovery and transformation of the region.  They will also discuss the opportunities and challenges in developing the renewable energy sector of the ECCU. 

The panel will comprise: Managing Director of SOLORICON Ltd., Dr James Fletcher; Practice Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Energy and Extractives Global Practice at The World Bank Group, Stephanie Gil; and Principal at the Rocky Mountain Institute, David Gumbs.

The ECCB Digital Dialogues will be broadcast live on the ECCB’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and on radio stations across the ECCU from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 11 March.  The public is invited to participate in this important conversation and to share their views on specific issues during the real-time survey segment.


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