ECPA 2020 Ministerial

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The Fourth Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial Meeting will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, February 27 and 28, 2020. Jamaica’s hosting of the important event was announced at the III ECPA Ministerial held in Viña del Mar, Chile when Jamaica assumed chairmanship of ECPA in September 2017. Jamaica’s acceptance of the Chairmanship of ECPA is in line with its commitment to furthering the hemispheric and regional development agenda. The hosting of the Ministerial Meeting presents a valuable opportunity for Jamaica to highlight the progress made on the national level in its energy security and diversification efforts. It also presents an opportunity to demonstrate Jamaica’s leadership in promoting regional energy cooperation, strategic partnerships and open dialogue on energy related issues. Read more

The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT), is leading the effort for the hosting of this High-Level meeting, which is expected to see Energy Ministers from the thirty three (33) other member countries of ECPA and other regional dignitaries being present in Montego Bay for the two day event.

The Ministerial will be held in Montego Bay under the theme “Energy Resilience and Investment Opportunities”. This Ministerial will foster public-private policy dialogue between business and government leaders in the Americas on priorities, challenges, and opportunities for economic growth and development. Discussions will be centred on issues relating to financial mechanisms for clean and renewable energy, investment opportunities in energy efficiency, electric mobility as well as strategies to increase private sector engagement in energy infrastructure development.

ECPA Pre Ministerial Highlights

·        ECPA Pre Dialogue Series

·        Official Launch of the IV ECPA Ministerial – November 14, 2019

Preparatory Process

A Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in Miami, United States, on November 7, 2018. The 22 countries represented in the Preparatory Event took stock of the Partnership's progress with regard to energy sustainability, transition, and resilience. The Second Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 25, 2019. Based on the inputs provided by the countries through their National Focal Points, the Steering Committee, with the support of the OAS, produced the agenda of the IV ECPA Ministerial Meeting. 


Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population (after Kingston, Spanish Town, and Portmore). It is a tourist destination with hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions. 

The coastland near Montego Bay is occupied by numerous tourist resorts, most newly built, some occupying the grounds of old sugar cane plantations with some of the original buildings and mill-works still standing.

The infrastructure of the city is going through a series of explosive modernizations which once completed, aims to keep Montego Bay as a top destination in the Caribbean. The Montego Bay Convention Centre, built on a large site near the Rose Hall estate, was opened on 7th January 2011.

Montego Bay is served by Jamaica’s airport, the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport.

Related News

Thursday, 14 November, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)—scheduled to take place on February 27-28, 2020, in Montego Bay, Jamaica—will focus on "Energy Resilience and Investment Opportunities.'' It's a theme that will resonate across the Americas, said Jamaica's Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams. Read more

Thursday, 14 November, 2019


Jamaica in the Spotlight

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile—After announcing that her country will host the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks spoke in an interview about the importance of energy issues to the Caribbean region. Read more