St. George’s, Grenada:  May 22, 2017: At the recently concluded Annual Sub-Regional Meeting for the Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Grenada from May 17-19, National Ozone Officers from thirteen (13) Caribbean countries met and discussed at length issues surrounding the recently agreed Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and its implications for low volume consuming (LVC) countries.

Over the three days of the meeting, the Ozone Officers examined thoroughly the key areas of the Kigali Amendment and held discussions on Decision XXVIII/2 of the Twenty-eight Meeting of the Parties (28 MOP). Presentations surrounding these issues were deliMOF-11vered by Dr. Gilbert Bankobeza of the Ozone Secretariat and Mr. Alexandro Ramirez-Pabon of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat (MLFS).  Dr. Bankobeza presented an overview of the Kigali Amendment and Dec. XXVIII/2 and outlined the key steps towards the ratification process. Meanwhile, Mr. Ramirez-Pabon focused his presentation on the outcome of the key Decisions of the specially convened 78th Executive Committee meeting of the MLFS which focused primarily on the Kigali Amendment.

Ozone Officers were also engaged in discussions with regional organizations -the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and the CARICOM Secretariat on establishing partnerships in addressing the implementation of the Kigali Amendment.  Representatives from the Hotel and Tourism sector were also part of the discussion since that sector is a major consumer of HFCs in the region.  There was also the chance to discuss potential financing opportunities with Mrs. Helen Picot representing the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP).

After the three days of intense discussion, National Ozone Officers agreed that they now have a greater understanding of the Kigali Amendment and are better prepared to advance its ratification and address the first set of control measures for HFCs.