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CWEEL Jamaica Launched at WIE Conference

Jamaica, 9 March, 2016,  USAID Mission Director Denise Herbol launching the Jamaica CWEEL Chapter at the Women in Energy Conference

The CWEEL Jamaica Chapter was launched on March 10, 2016 at the Caribbean Women In Energy Conference organized by Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica’s electricity company. The conference and launch was attended by more than 350 participants from all parts of the energy sector, including the public, private and NGO sectors.  The Women in Energy Conference, using the theme “Doing Power Differently” explored ways in which women could lead and support each other to reach their potential within the sector.  WIE featured prominent women who lead Jamaica’s energy institutions including the President and CEO of JPS, Kelly Tomblin; Minna Isreal, JPS Board Director; former US Ambassador Audrey Marks; and Mariame Robinson, CEO of First Global Bank.

At the launch event, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Ms. Denise Herbol, gave a brief about USAID’s priorities in Jamaica and outlined the US commitment to develop clean energy sources within the Caribbean under Vice President Biden’s Caribbean Energy Initiative.  Ms. Mary Worzala discussed CWEEL activities in the United States and internationally, as well as her experience with helping to establish a CWEEL chapter in Jordan on the USAID Energy Sector Capacity Building Program, also implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP.  Ms. Worzala introduced the CWEEL Liaison, Ms. Chevril Shaw, who was attending WIE and encouraged women to join CWEEL

The conference was organized by JPS and sponsored by the USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program. This five year project will promote energy efficiency and low emissions growth in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean.