Feb 28 - Mar 01 2023
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Hilton Barbados Resort
Bridgetown, Barbados

Regional Regulatory ASERT-2030 Dialogue

Feb 17, 2023

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is bringing together energy sector stakeholders from across the Region for this dialogue. The aim is to develop a comprehensive assistance programme for CDB and other partners to support acceleration of the energy transition in Borrowing Member Countries (BMC). 


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Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Gene Leon, President, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Ms Dorothee Roy, First Secretary (Development), Global Affairs Canada
  • Mr Ian Mills, Deputy Development Director for the Caribbean, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office
  • Mr. David Mogollon, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation
  • Ian Winborn, Director, Sustainable Environmental & Economic Development Office, USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean
  • Ms Viviana Alva Hart, Country Representative, IDB


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and refreshments

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Session

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mr.  O’Reilly Lewis

Division Chief, Economic Infrastructure Division, Caribbean Development Bank

Remarks Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR)
Remarks CARICOM Secretariat

Ms Dorothée Roy

First Secretary (Development)

Global Affairs Canada


Mr. David Mogollon

Head of Cooperation

European Union


Mr Ian Mills

Deputy Development Director for the Caribbean

Foreign Commonwealth Development Office – United Kingdom


Mr Mansfield Blackwood

Partner Country Systems (G2G) Advisor, USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Ms Viviana Alva Hart

Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Keynote Address

Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon

President, Caribbean Development Bank

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Section I: Vision

9:45 - 10:00 Enabling Framework and Energy Transition

Mr. Joseph Williams


Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Unit,


10:00 - 10:15

OOCUR – Mandate, Vision and Strategies

Ms. Dela Britton

Chair, OOCUR

10:15 - 10:30 Importance of Robust Regulatory Frameworks and the Role of Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) Dr. Gary Jackson Executive Director, CCREEE
10:30 - 10:45 Networking break  


10:45 AM - 12:40 PM

Section II: Lessons and Experience

10:45 - 11:05 Current State of Regulatory Frameworks across BMCs

Ms. Elizabeth Butler


11:05- 11:125 Tracking Renewable Energy Readiness – Renewable Islands Index

Mr. David Ehrhardt

Castalia Advisors

11:25 - 11:40 Summary and Q&A Moderated by: Ms. Elizabeth Butler
Presentations: Regulatory Function in the Caribbean Context – Lessons and Experience
11:40 - 12:40

Rationale, Benefits and Cost for Regulatory Function – the Caribbean Context

Mr. Cedric Wilson

Office of Utilities Regulation, Jamaica

Independent Regulation in Small Markets 

Ms. Sandra Sealy


Case Studies – Role of the Regulator in RE Transition: Jamaica, Barbados, Belize, Dominica

Representatives of the respective Regulators

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM


1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

Section II: Lessons and Experience Cont'd

1:40 - 2:10 The Utility’s Perspective

Dr. Cletus Bertin

Executive Director, CARILEC

Q&A moderated by: Ms. Charmaine Gill-Evans

Sustainable Energy Unit, CDB

2:10 - 2:45 Plenary Discussion - (i) Experience and Challenges; (ii) Progress on RE Transition; and (iii) Progress on Regulatory Reforms

Ms. Elizabeth Butler, Mr. David Ehrhardt, Mr. Cedric Wilson, Dr. Cletus Bertin, Ms. Sandra Sealy

Q&A moderated by:  Dr. Gary Jackson

Executive Director, CCREEE

2:45 - 3:15 Case Study - Challenges and Opportunities: Implementing the Integrated Utilities (IUS) Model in the Caribbean

Dr. Devon Gardner

Head of Technical Programmes, CCREEE

Q&A moderated by:  Mr. Leighton Waterman, SEU, CDB


3:15 PM - 4:40 PM

SECTION III: SUPPORT – Past, Present and Future

Past Regional Initiatives - Lessons
3:15 - 3:40 Eastern Caribbean Electricity Regulatory Authority/Agency

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission (OECS)

3:40 - 4:00 Caribbean Clean Energy Programme


4:00 - 4:20

CARICOM Regulatory Help Desk

4:20 - 4:40 Discussions, Q&A and Lessons Learned Moderated by OOCUR


4:40 PM - 4:55 PM

Networking break

4:55 PM - 5:50 PM

SECTION III: SUPPORT – Past, Present and Future cont'd

4:55 - 5:15 USAID - Energy Sector Reform Programme USAID/RTI
5:15 - 5:35

Energy Programme - USA Dept. of State

Bureau of Energy Resources
5:35 - 5:50 Discussions, Q&A and Lessons

Moderated by: Mr. Christopher Straughn



6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking Reception

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Current and Future Regional Initiatives - Strategic Partners (cont'd)

9:00 - 9:30 Instrument for Supporting RE investments

Mr. Ramiro Gomes Barinaga Director, Finance Strategy Design, Greenmap


Moderated by:

Mrs S. Nicole Jordan

Deputy General Counsel

9:30 - 11:00

Panel: Partners’ Roles in Supporting Regulatory Framework Strengthening:

General Discussions and Q&A  


11:00 AM- 11:15 AM

Networking break

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Section IV: Self-Assessment/Needs Assessment

Presentation:   Identification of Minimum Standard for a Regulatory Framework for all BMCs

CDB and Castalia Advisors

Q&A moderated by Mr. Joseph Williams, SEU, CDB


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break-Out Sessions – Discussion and Identification of Key Gaps in Each BMC 

Moderated by: Ms. Elizabeth Butler, Ms. Sandra Sealy and Mr. Leighton Waterman

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presentations of Reports from Break-out Sessions

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Section V: Developing CDB Support Plan for BMCs' Regulatory Frameworks

3:30 -4:00

Plenary Discussion – Identification of Areas of Assistance; Mapping of Possible Interventions and Partners

Moderated by: CCREEE and CDB
4:00 - 5:00

Discussion and Next Steps

Moderated by: CDB, OOCUR, CARICOM


5:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Mr. O'Reilly Lewis

Division Chief, Economic Infrastructure Division


Keynote Address


Welcome Message Regional Regulatory ASERT-2030 Dialogue


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