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Sustainable development is key to facing regional challenges, says Cuban minister
Published on October 28, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban mining and energy minister Alfredo Lopez, at a regional ministerial meeting in Jamaica, called for joint efforts to achieve sustainable development as the key to successfully overcome the challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Addressing participants at the second meeting of energy ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and on behalf of Cuba as pro-tempore chair of the organization, Lopez expressed gratitude for the organization of the two-day meeting, which was aimed at consolidating regional integration in the field of energy.

“It undoubtedly is very significant the fact that we are meeting in a Caribbean country to address an issue that has always been at the center of concern, particularly for small island nations,” said the Cuban minister, as cited by PL news agency.

He said that, in most cases, small island nations do not count on the important resources that stem from traditional energy sources, which has historically hindered their development. However, he said the Caribbean area has important potential in this regard as he pointed to renewable energy sources like the sun.

The ministerial meeting wound up after adopting the Montego Bay Declaration and a plan of action that will allow all 33 member states of the regional integration bloc to advance towards regional energy security.
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