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Fuel costs crippling development in Small Island states

Fuel costs crippling development in Small Island states

Updated 8 May 2013, 10:30 AEST

Access to energy sources for rural communities in the Pacific are still limited despite $1.3 billion being spent importing of oil-based or fossil fuels in 2008.

On average, Pacific Island countries spend ten per cent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on petroleum fuel imports.

Small islands need to transition to low carbon economies and renewable energy resources and promotion of greater energy efficiency and conservation ASAP.

Ambassador Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative of Dominica at the United Nations is in Fiji to chair the Small Islands Developing Nations steering committe on energy security for the region.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Ambassador Vince Henderson, Dominica's UN representative, chair, Small Islands Developing Nations steering committe on energy security

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