Former US President Bill Clinton advocated the development of renewable energy and technology as key elements for the development of the Caribbean region, at the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in its foundation.
“Renewable energies are necessary to be more resilient in the Caribbean,” Clinton said during a talk that put an end to a meeting in which recovery efforts in the region after the latest natural disasters and issues were discussed. Criticisms such as food security, access to health care and support for small businesses.
“This renewable energy implementation process can be accelerated until coal is needed in the Caribbean region,” Clinton said in the closing talk, after stressing that local societies should be educated about the need to move towards that process.
Clinton said another goal is for technology to enter the lives of people in the Caribbean territories.
The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, said during the talk that an effort must be made in the region, since although Latin America has a great penetration in mobile telephony as a whole in the technological sector There is much to do yet.
“We must also move towards integrating the Caribbean economies more,” said Moreno, after insisting on the need to implement the latest technological advances in the region.
“The goal is to have a unique digital market in the Caribbean,” Moreno said.
The president and executive director of the medical technology company Medtronic, Omar Ishrak, another of the guests at the meeting, stressed that the company has remained on the Caribbean island despite all the natural disasters suffered due to loyalty and good training of Puerto Rican workers.
“Here – in Puerto Rico – there are prepared and loyal employees,” said Ishak, after indicating that the Caribbean region needs to improve its integration into the technological world.
The CGI meeting today closed in San Juan served as a follow-up for former President Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary, to check first-hand the status of the recovery projects in Puerto Rico that supports its foundation.
Both visited several CGI projects that are promoting economic recovery, improving response to natural disasters and providing mental health care.
“I am grateful for the work that members of this network have done, in particular the heroic work that leaders and local communities have done to share lessons learned from Hurricane Maria with their neighbors,” said the former president.
“The last six months have produced more evidence of the urgency in the face of the challenges facing the Caribbean. The series of earthquakes in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean have reinforced the need for recovery plans focusing on long-term resilience and sustainability,” said his wife.
During the San Juan meeting, several commitments were announced aimed at improving the living conditions of people in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean territories.
Friends of Puerto Rico pledged to expand business opportunities for women through the expansion of its agriculture-focused program that can be accessed by 1,000 women in nine municipalities in Puerto Rico.
The Reach Within company pledged to establish a Caribbean Regional Center of Excellence for Child Development on the island of Granada in order to improve childhood outcomes through the development of the capacity of caregivers.
The LesLois Shaw Foundation, together with the Hospital for Sick Children, the Barbados Ministry of Health, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of the West Indies announced the establishment in Barbados of the Shaw Pediatric Center of Excellence.
For its part, Community Organized Relief Effort pledged to support the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama of the Bahamas in their immediate relief and reconstruction efforts by repairing 300 homes, performing complete cleanings and debris removal and supplying 20 solar street lamps to neighborhoods that lack electricity.