Small island developing states announce historic partnership

Dominica's Permanent Representative at the UN was  among those who signed the MOU
Dominica’s Permanent Representative at the UN, Vince Henderson, was among those who signed the MOU

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative – SIDS DOCK, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), announced a historic partnership worth millions of Euros, to establish a network of regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in SIDS.

The Government of Austria, through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), has committed to fund the establishment and first operational phase for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centres in the Caribbean (CCREEE), Indian Ocean (IOCREEE), and the Pacific (PCREEE), and to provide support to the African islands at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).

The signing ceremony took place at UNIDO Head Office, in Vienna, Austria. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Ambassador Michael Linhart, Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, H.E. Vince Henderson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica and Chair of the SIDS DOCK Steering Committee, and the Director General of UNIDO, H.E.
Dr. Li Yong.

“The Austrian support to the centres can be seen as an important contribution to the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy For All Initiative and the 2014
International Year of Small Island Developing States,” said Secretary-General Linhart.

Henderson saod, “This partnership is a clear indication of the commitment of the Federal Republic of Austria to the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States. One of the major areas of cooperation under the agreement is the promotion of the Small Islands Indicative Project Pipeline, with an estimated USD 1.2 billion in potential RE and EE projects at various stages of development. The partners will cooperate to establish the centres, mobilize resources, facilitate partnerships with the private sector aimed at the effective transfer of knowledge, technology and investments, and to put the appropriate institutional framework in place.”

Under the Partnership agreement, UNIDO, by virtue of its mandate, becomes the recognised Global Institutional Partner for Small Islands. UNIDO will assist with promotion of renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency as part of its broader mandate to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development to create more opportunities for women and the rural poor.

“This memorandum illustrates our recognition of the urgent need to address energy security, energy access for productive uses, and climate change mitigation and
adaptation in Small Island Developing States. The centres will boost inclusive and sustainable industrial development and empower the local private sector by creating
new jobs and investment opportunities in the energy sector,” said Director General Li Yong.

The new centres will be announced at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States which will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014, in Apia,

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  1. Insider
    March 31, 2014

    Give Vince a break…jealousy is a crime. Great work and keep it up!

  2. sue
    March 31, 2014

    My goodness everything dosen;t have to be political. Vince is smart and intelligent. People do not always know what you do. But i know you work very hard. Keep on working hard . Dominicans should be proud that they have such people like you.
    We are very proud of you!!!!!!.

  3. Anonymous
    March 30, 2014

    what a punch of people,, really dominicans,,,,, ????? if he was on the street in NY beggin sai sar sor takai lai wee

  4. native son
    March 30, 2014

    vince Henderson you and your labour party DESTROYED the aerial tram activity in the valley dismantled it totally,MR MACLOY is on q95 daily lamenting of your heartless and pointless waste putting over 60 people out of work,in the pursuit of energy,under the ground just remember that DOMINICA is highly volcanic. you cannot develop wind, solar, or the many other sustainable options there are. but you digging

  5. native son
    March 30, 2014

    too many promises, lets bring real jobs for real people

  6. nagmaroon
    March 29, 2014

    put jack in the box and give Jane her panties back

  7. anonymous2
    March 29, 2014

    Don’t you know what this is about? Extracting your resources. Nothing good about the U.N. involvement.

  8. debbyz
    March 28, 2014

    uwp hmmm stop crying. skerro for PM

  9. Shame
    March 28, 2014

    Did Vince make any comments on the UN no payment fiasco? He trying to get some good publicity after he dropped the ball again. Man go study for your finals and leave Dominica business alone (sarcastic).

  10. JoJo
    March 28, 2014

    But wait a minute, is that GIS press release? I remember Angelo mentioning something like this on his radio show couple of days ago. Boy, free press beating those govt. fellows any time. Angelo does not have to clear that with his boss first, no sir.

  11. 100% Dominican
    March 28, 2014

    Good Job Vince…my next PM :-D …to all the haters thats going to give me a thumbs down…..well u know wat u can do with it! :twisted:

    • Views Expressed
      March 29, 2014

      !00% Dominican….You are so Right…..CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL….for YOUR SOUL.

      You are not even positive of what you have to say. It says a lot about the corrupt DLP regime that you and many are part of.
      We need change for decency in government and you are welcome. The door for good government is open for you to join to save Dominica.

  12. babosada
    March 28, 2014

    can somebody explain me how sustainable energy should increase opportunity for women and rural poor? In my humble view only direct investment, trade and remittance can tackle unemployment. Im not against renewable source of energy but you are talking again about donations done by wealthy nations to poor nations. Don’t be silly..what cooperation can be between Austria and Dominica? Its called foreign aid. You do exactly what Africa is doing for last 70 years, namely taking foreign aid worth of millions and millions dollars and surprise surprise the economy STAGNATES. Don’t you understand that foreign aid make you poorer and poorer?

  13. Yes
    March 28, 2014

    The PS of Foreign Affairs must be proud!lol

  14. Doc. Love
    March 28, 2014

    Wipe the smile from you face and go pay the UN its money. :mrgreen:

  15. CaCaYeaCa
    March 28, 2014

    I’m smart, I’m an intellectual. Show me the money, I do not see it. Matt and Arundale you have to break this one down for me. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed also by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Who is this person and what is his value to DA? I’ll be reading and listening.

    • DA Birthright
      March 28, 2014

      I’m with you.

  16. Hmmmmmm
    March 28, 2014

    i thought Vince was not alive , what good job you talking about ? The man studding to make himself better and have forgotten about Dominicans.

  17. St.Joe
    March 28, 2014

    LOL, now that the U.N has kicked Dominica out of its General Assembly and prevent us from voting, Vince to come out and show face??
    This is so comical!!
    Tell us when last you were at a meeting in the UN? You are living the life up in NYC , on the backs of our poor people, but Skerro cannot hold back the elections for too long, and when it is called, Team Dominica with its wide range of Qualified Heads will put Dominica back into the world stage.

    • Anonymous
      March 28, 2014

      Skerro is not holding back general elections it has a due by date.

  18. March 28, 2014

    Vince, you’re doing a Great Job. Great things and People often goes un noticed.

  19. Justice
    March 28, 2014

    Stupes. Vince go get work to do.

    • Not a herd follower
      March 28, 2014

      My goodness! We must have a spirit of generosity. We must not always be negative. Let us give Jack his jacket and Jane her lipstick. Vince deserves some praise for his work on that matter. I say that while not supporting his political party.

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