In keeping with the energy policy recommendations presented by the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) to the ministers of energy and heads of delegation at the Fourth Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial held in Montego Bay in February 2020, ECPA and ABD convened a series of virtual public-private sector dialogues focused on grid flexibility, natural gas, and integration. The dialogues drew from the three white papers on these topics prepared by the ABD for the Fourth ECPA Ministerial.
The public-private sector dialogues were also consistent with the recommendations submitted by the ABD to the Heads of State at the Summit of the Americas held in Lima in April 2018 and the ABD recommendations to address COVID-19. Further, the proceedings provided inputs to the next Summit of the Americas to convene in the United States in 2021.
Each of the three topics –grid flexibility, natural gas, and integration– was object of three virtual dialogues conducted in between September and November 2020.
The virtual dialogues addressed specific issues of regional relevance with regard to each topic. Each session of the virtual dialogues included a brief presentation by experts to frame the conversation, a presentation from ABD members about private sector views on the issue and a moderated conversation between companies and government officials. The focus was placed on concrete actions that governments may adopt on each of the topics to advance the implementation of private sector recommendations.
As the engagement took place at the technical level, governments were represented at the Secretary level or below. Conclusions were disseminated to Ministers and Vice-Ministers at the end of the process.
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