2014 IX Latin American Forum - Program Agenda

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The 2014 IX Latin American Forum is a unique by-invitation-only event that addresses a critical need to bring together government and industry decision makers, scholars and scientists, to foster dialogue around geosciences, technology, and energy and environmental policy issues. The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences hosted the IX Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment with collaboration from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday March 24, 2014. This year’s theme was Natural Gas-LNG: An Atlantic Basin Perceptive and the role it plays in the Caribbean and Latin America. Additionally the role of education, sustainability and good governance was discussed within the parameters of natural gas and LNG.

The welcome keynote was given by Mr. Cletus Springer, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development at the Organization of American States. His remarks included avenues for the strengthening of the network of interaction of science and policy for the development of sustainable energy in the Caribbean. Foster Mellen, senior strategic analyst at Ernst & Young provided a comprehensive outlook on the global and regional stance of Natural Gas and LNG, specifically on how Trinidad is a hub between Latin American and the Caribbean.

The Forum’s keynote luncheon was presented by Senator the Honourable Kevin C. Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Minister Ramnarine touched upon the core themes of the Forum and how both the Ministry and the local universities of Trinidad strive to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics within their populous. He welcomed collaboration in the form of mutual agreements between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of the West Indies and the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Terry Quinn, Director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, introduced and presented to Minister Ramnarine a plaque in recognition of his dedicated service to Energy Education and Research.

The Forum was well attended by members of the oil and gas industry, government, and academia; with the goal to participate in frank discussion on the issues at hand and to gain knowledge from our leading panel experts. Those in attendance were representatives from BHP Billinton, BP, Petrotrin, Repsol, Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago, Organization of American States, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies, The University of Trinidad and Tobago.

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