On February 27-28, 2020, the IV Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) was the official private sector counterpart for the meeting, which gathers Ministers of Energy and other senior government officials from most countries in the Americas.
ABD was asked by the governments to host and facilitate one of the three plenary sessions of the ministerial meeting, which afforded an opportunity for member companies to advocate for policies in three critical areas —the role of natural gas as a transition fuel for Latin America and the Caribbean, the regulatory framework for grid flexibility and the physical and regulatory integration of energy markets. ABD members prepared white papers on each of these issues which were distributed to delegations and, during the plenary session, engaged in a constructive dialogue with ministers regarding their recommendations and the way forward.
In addition, the ABD delegation met individually with twelve Ministers participating in ECPA to discuss the specific energy plans and needs in each of their countries and to exchange views on how to partner with the private sector.
ABD will continue to work with ECPA going forward, with three technical meetings scheduled to discuss in greater detail each of the three priority areas and how the private sector can work with governments in implementing ABD’s policy recommendations for each.
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