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Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics & E-Governance Undertakes Initial Energy Policy Stakeholder Consultations

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The Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics and E-Governance, through its Energy Unit, convened an initial Energy Policy Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on August 4, 2022. The workshop took place at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.
As the country pursues its national development objectives, there is a need for guidance and clarity of purpose in how the energy sector serves the citizens and the economy. The more sustainable provision of the Energy Sector is critically important to all stakeholders and for the sustainable development of Belize. An updated National Energy Policy was identified as a priority in providing this framework for stakeholders and to encourage investment and effectiveness in the Energy Sector.
Currently, the Government of Belize and the European Union are cooperating on enabling a Sustainable Energy Transition in Belize. Technical experts have been commissioned by the technical assistance project LAIT UP BELIZE! for the development of an updated National Energy Policy and new energy legislation. Towards achieving this end, the following experts were contracted:
1. Ms. Khara Roches Francois as the Process Facilitator
2. Mr. Devon Gardner as the Policy Expert
3. Mr. Justin Barrow as the Legal ExpertThe expert team provided inputs on the situational and SWOT analyses of the energy services sector in Belize and encouraged key discussion points to explore opportunities. The participants engaged in group sessions with other stakeholders to elaborate policy objectives and issues that would be considered in drafting the updated policy.
The policy development process is expected to unfold with subsequent stakeholder dialogues and finalise an updated National Energy Policy by the end of the year.
High-level remarks were presented by Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics & E-governance. Approximately 35 key stakeholders participated in the event, including government representatives, regulatory bodies, associations, NGOs, civil society organizations, and the private sector businesses.
For further information, please contact Mr. Ryan Cobb, Director at the Energy Unit: [email protected] or Mr. Glynn Morris, Team Leader of the LAIT UP BELIZE! project: [email protected].

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