Antigua and Barbuda to open Blue Economy centre of excellence
Antigua and Barbuda will look to open a centre of excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the University of the West Indies.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is set to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the Five Islands Campus at the University of the West Indies.
The country’s government revealed the main aim of the centre will be to encourage intellectual progress and enhance the institutional capacity in the field of marine science and the blue economy, whilst also strengthening economic opportunities for the Caribbean region.
Antigua and Barbuda a ‘suitable location’ to host Centre of Excellence
The Ministry of the Blue Economy recently participated in a Roundtable held by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission with senior faculty member from various universities.
Trade experts also took part in this Roundtable and together they aimed to formalise an action plan for the creation of the Centre of Excellence.
Dean Jonas, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Social Transformation and the Blue Economy, believes that the country, as a large economy in the Eastern Caribbean, is a suitable location to become the centre for the blue economy.
Many other officials also endorsed this step and stated that the establishment of this Centre of Excellence will open many doors for the region.
Caribbean wants to capitalise on US$2.5 trillion Blue Economy sector
Dr Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the ACU, indicated her pleasure “to endorse and support the vision of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and The University of The West Indies to establish a Centre of Excellence for the Blue Economy in Antigua and Barbuda, within the overall development of a road map to economic sustainability through the blue economy”.
Samantha Cohen, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, welcomed this initiative as an “important step in the diversification of the economy of Antigua and Barbuda and the development of its natural assets to create a secure and environmentally sustainable economic future.”
According to projections, with this development, the Caribbean region will look to benefit from an industry of around US$2.5 trillion.
This industry will look into multiple areas such as biotechnology, sea vegetable farming, marine renewable energy and aquaculture.
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