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Date: 03 Jul, 2015
Source: The Nation Newspaper

Barbados is on course to become one of the “top five renewable energy producers in the world”, says United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The senior international diplomat, who was speaking yesterday during a tour of Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. at Lower Estate, St. Michael, hailed the island as an international champion of sustainable energy.

And while his visit to the Barbados-based business was brief, Ban said what he had seen was worth commending and that he intended to “talk to many people [about] what I have seen today and I will encourage them to invest more wisely in sustainable energy”.

Speaking after his tour, on which he was accompanied by officials including Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss and UN resident coordinator Stephen O’Malley, the official said the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All programme, which was introduced in 2011, was “receiving the widest possible support from the international community”, including Barbados.

“Barbados is one of the champions. By 2020, according to our experts, you can be [among] top five renewable energy producers in the world and you should be very proud you are making such a good foundation today and it is my sincere hope that you will continue to invest in this renewable and sustainable energy,” he said.

“You may be watching for your company’s profits and your country’s economic development but you are contributing to a regional sustainable economic development, [and] in a sense global economic development.”

Inniss thanked Ban for visiting Barbados and noted the Secretary General’s commitment to climate change and environmental issues.

“This little island, and this little company in particular, can really and truly showcase to the rest of the world that we can do it, and if we can do it in Barbados I am sure Secretary General that as you continue your work around the world, you can help assure the world that Barbados can help lead in this matter,” Inniss said.