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Prime Minister John Briceño leads Small Island Developing States delegation to Germany in discussions for an MOU to use sargassum for electricity

Posted: Saturday, September 3, 2022. 12:56 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Office of the Prime Minister

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Sargassum has been affecting the shores of many Caribbean countries, including Belize, and is having a significant impact on the tourism product in these countries.

Today, Prime Minister John Briceño is in Germany where he has been leading a delegation of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in discussions for an MOU to use sargassum for electricity.

“We are working on an MOU on how to use sargassum for electricity, but we need to present it to Cabinet first,” said Prime Minister Briceño in an exclusive interview with Breaking Belize News (BBN).

“We are looking at productive ways to use the sargassum and manage waste to help transform and meet our energy needs in our countries,” he said on Thursday.

The Prime Minister noted the SIDS delegation was meeting representatives of the technology-based-firm Variodin AG in Berlin “to discuss and learn about the technological opportunities that may be transferable to our region with positive impact”.

Briceño said that sargassum was a priority issue, explaining their discussions on the possibilities of managing our sargassum climate change phenomenon that has been having negative effects in the region’s tourism.

However, Small Island Developing States were not limiting its discussions to sargassum.

“Today, we discussed during our SIDS encounter in Berlin issues of governance, the environment, peace and security, cooperation between Germany, Belize, and our Caribbean small island states,” said Briceño in a social media post.


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