ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Monday, March 28, 2011: The Government of Guyana, through their National Ozone Unit in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme/Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC), has organised a Regional Technical Meeting for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Technicians in Guyana. Mr. Henry Frederick and Mr. John Campbell are the two local Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Technicians, nominated by the Grenada Refrigeration Air-Conditioning and Ventilation Association (GRAVA), to represent Grenada at the meeting.

Mr. Frederick is the Public Relations Officer of GRAVA and is attached to the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA), while Mr. Campbell is a member of GRAVA attached to the St. George’s University (SGU).

The meeting will be held from March 30 – 31, 2011 and technicians from most of the countries of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti are expected to attend.

Among the many issues down for discussion, the meeting will essentially focus on the following areas:

Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVA) and Certification of Technicians;

 

Availability and challenges of the Caribbean Region in the Adaptation of longer term alternative technology; and

 

The management of Refrigeration Associations nationally and the establishment of a Regional Association for RAC technicians.

 

 

The technicians will also discuss ways in which RAC associations of CARICOM can assist in the rebuilding process of Haiti.

Mr. Frederick, who is leading the Grenada delegation, is expected to deliver two presentations at the meeting. One presentation will be on the Availability of Longer Term Alternatives in the Caribbean, while the other will focus on the Management of Refrigeration Associations Nationally.

The participation of the Grenada Technicians is being facilitated by the National Ozone Unit of Grenada, through its Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase out Management Plan (HPMP), which is funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The funding being provided will cover air travel, accommodation, a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for other incidental costs.

On Monday March 28, 2011, the two technicians were presented with their travel package at the office of the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division on the Ministry of Finance.

The technicians are expected back in Grenada on Friday April 1st, 2011. Upon their return, they will be required to share the information and experience gained, with other technicians on the island.

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