Electric vehicles on islands to be among forum topics
Three speakers from Bermuda will take part in the Island Finance Forum 2021, an online event, this week.
Among them will be finance minister Curtis Dickinson.
The four-day forum features speakers from islands around the world. Topics being discussed include climate change, insurance and risk management, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, financing green energy, electric vehicles on islands, and access to finance and debt restructuring.
Among those taking part are the prime ministers of Saint Lucia, Fiji, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Republic of Vanuatu.
Mr Dickinson will be on a ministerial roundtable looking at economy and sustainability for global islands.
Other finance ministers taking part in the discussion are Rui Augusto Gomes, of Timor-Leste, and Osvaldo Tavares Vaz, of Sao Tome and Principe. The roundtable will also feature Gale Rigobert, Saint Lucia's minister of education, innovation, gender relations and sustainable development.
This panel is on Thursday at 9am.
Electric vehicles on islands will be the focus of a panel that includes Roger Todd, Bermuda's director of the Department of Public Transportation.
The panel, entitled "Investing in transportation electrification: building a business case for e-mobility", will discuss how the business case is being built for electric mobility investments on islands.
This panel, tomorrow at 11am, includes representatives of development and commercial banks and private developers, and investors and utilities. Also on the panel is Stephen Myers, Prince Edward Island's minister of environment, energy and climate action.
On Friday, Stephen Weinstein, chairman of the Bermuda Business Development Agency, will be on the panel entitled "Impact investing and ESG – an opportunity for financing sustainable development on islands?"
The panel will discuss the growth of environment, social and governance [ESG] investing and how islands may be able to leverage opportunities as investors seek to ensure their money has a positive impact on the world.
This panel starts at 9am.
The Island Finance Forum is presented by Island Innovation. The Royal Gazette is one of the media partners.
For details of the free event, and to register, visit https://islandinnovation.co/finance-forum-2021