In the Caribbean, on May 18, 2009, water utilities from Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Saint Vincent & Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago met in Georgetown, Guyana, to discuss the formation of a mechanism to support a Caribbean Water Operators’ Partnerships mechanism.
The meeting concluded that while there are significant weaknesses in utility performance and service to the poor in some parts of the region, there are also many exemplary practices being implemented by utilities. Gathering to discuss their respective strengths and shortcomings, the utilities recognised that there were many opportunities to learn from one another through a more systematic and intensified programme of water operators’ partnerships. Operators expressed their interest in developing an action programme focused on twinning and knowledge exchange between regional utilities.
Participants at the Caribbean Water Operators' Partnerships workshop in Guyana, May 2009