PM Rowley addresses virtual meet of UN

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago - Keith Rowley, joined the virtual meet of the United Nations High-Level Global Roundtable on Extractive Industries for Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened this meeting.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – Keith Rowley, joined the virtual meet of the United Nations High-Level Global Roundtable on Extractive Industries for Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened this meeting.

In the meeting, PM Rowley stated that “T&T’s National Development Strategy, – Vision 2030, is aligned with the United Nations sustainable development goals and considers T&T’s development imperatives. Incorporating renewable energy and energy efficiency into the national energy mix has been identified as a key medium-term sustainable development goal.”

He proudly added that T&T has always been and continues to be on the right side of history as it was initially using natural gas for electricity generation in 1959 and by 2000, which has boost 100% natural gas usage in T&T’s electricity mix.

Following the statement, he added that T&T has already achieved what other nations are implementing now, and T&T continues to observe natural gas as a focal role transition fuel.

PM Rowley further highlighted that Caribbean nation and Latin America are among the economies that are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and added that T&T reassert that a strong, comprehensive and coordinated global response is the need of the hour against the COVID-19 pandemic is essential.

Following the statement, he asserted, ” An essential element of this response is ensuring equitable and fair access to COVID-19 vaccines, particularly for small island developing states.”

“I am of the view that there will be significant opportunities for sustainable development in the post-COVID world. There will continue to be traditional modes of operations in the extractive industries which cannot be replaced, however, the world as we know it has changed,” Rowley added.

He added that how well we use these opportunities depends on how well the nations prepare for the post-COVID-19 environment.