Electric Vehicle Pilot Project Launched

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Government has launched its Electric Vehicle Pilot Project aimed at promoting low-carbon transportation technologies within the public service. The fleet of eight – five vans and three cars – was unveiled on Sunday, during a ceremony in the carpark of Government Headquarters, Bay Street. Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, in his keynote address, said that the pilot …

Independent Power Producers Licences Next Year

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Independent power producers interested in supplying electricity to the national grid will be able to apply for licences by early in the New Year. Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, disclosed this today and added that recommendations on licensing systems for these producers should be in hand by the end of the year. He further revealed that proposals …

Regional Approach To Oil & Gas Exploration

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Minister with responsibility for Energy in Barbados, Senator Darcy Boyce, has  suggested a regional approach to the issues related to offshore oil and gas exploration in the Caribbean. Speaking at the opening of a capacity building workshop last Tuesday, sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTETI) and the British High Commission, Senator Boyce stressed the importance …

Solar Retrofit To Start In October

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Starting in October, 13 Government buildings will be retrofitted with solar photovoltaic systems, which is expected to result in US$16 million in electricity savings. Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, today signed an agreement with the company contracted to install the solar photovoltaic systems, Solar Watts Systems Inc., at Government Headquarters, Bay Street. Also attending the signing ceremony …

UDC Praised For Its Work To Help Poor

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The Urban Development Commission (UDC), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, has placed particular priority on meeting the essential needs of the poor. In recognition of this, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator Darcy Boyce, speaking at a church service in observance of the anniversary, said: “We have therefore ensured that the UDC remains alive and has some resources …

Street Lights To Switch To LED

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Government has signed an agreement with the Barbados Light and Power Company to facilitate the retrofitting of 85 per cent of the island’s street lights with LED technology. Funding for the BDS$20 million project, which forms part of the Public Sector Smart Energy Programme, will be provided by the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank. Of the 28,000 street …

National Cyber Security Strategy Coming

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A National Cybersecurity Strategy, aimed at providing robust cyber defence frameworks and systems, is currently being devised for Barbados. Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce, says the need for such a strategy was now “critical and urgent”, as Barbados faced the challenges posed by cybercrime and the changing nature of cyber threats. Addressing the opening ceremony of the …

Germany Seeking Barbados’ UN Support

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Germany is seeking Barbados’ support for its candidate for the United Nations Security Council 2019 – 2020. During a courtesy call at Ilaro Court yesterday, Germany’s Special Envoy, Peter Linder, put the case in support of the candidature to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator Darcy Boyce, who was deputising for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Mr. Linder urged a …

New HQ For Immigration Department

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Immigration officers will be relocated to brand new headquarters later this year in the Princess Alice Corporate Centre in Bridgetown. Minister with responsibility for Immigration, Senator Darcy Boyce, told the officers on Monday that work on the building, being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, was at “a very advanced stage” and expected to be completed by August. Features of …

Initiatives To Improve Customs & Immigration

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Passengers using Barbados’ ports of entry should soon see an improvement in the time it takes to get through Customs and Immigration. Minister with responsibility for Immigration, Senator Darcy Boyce, today announced a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring “quick though secure passage through border control”. Speaking at the opening of a border security training workshop for Immigration and Customs …