Honduras: CLDP Organizes Workshop and Roundtables on Microgrid Energy

February 13, 2018 - February 16, 2018
Minister of Energy Roberto Ordoñez delivers opening remarks

On February 20-21, CLDP implemented a two-day workshop for approximately 20 government officials in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras’s newly-appointed Minister of Energy, Mr. Roberto Ordoñez, delivered opening remarks along with U.S. Embassy chargé d'affaires Brian Nichols, and other participants included representatives of Honduras’s Electrical Energy Regulatory Commission (CREE) and the national utility company (ENEE). CLDP, along with partners from the World Bank, provided background on the different legal and regulatory frameworks currently being explored internationally for microgrids. The discussion built a foundation for CREE and the Ministry of Energy to develop an inclusive energy policy, and provided various legal and regulatory options to consider as the government begins to develop its energy policy with regard to microgrids.

Following the workshop, on February 22, CLDP organized a one-day roundtable on microgrid energy for representatives of the private sector in Honduras. This roundtable focused on different microgrid structures and how microgrids can bolster the existing national grid without removing anchor ratepayers from the system. Participants discussed the needs of the private sector related to energy, the resiliency of the national grid, and the potential market for microgrids.

Finally, on February 23, CLDP hosted a similar roundtable discussion for agricultural cooperatives, who represent potentially some of the primary beneficiaries of microgrids in Honduras, as well as the World Bank, CREE, and other interested entities. The roundtable included a discussion on the energy needs of agricultural cooperatives and their current access to energy and energy costs, and explored legal, regulatory, financial, and infrastructure roadblocks to cooperatives developing microgrids.

Consensus built during this week’s workshop and roundtable discussions will help inform CLDP’s work plan and shape the course of its two-year microgrid program, which seeks to accelerate economic growth in Honduras through increased access to reliable and affordable power.

Chargé d'affaires Brian Nichols delivers opening remarks
Participants listen to a presentation from Work Bank Representative in Honduras Giorgio Valentini

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

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