As global energy demand increases and calls to address the growing climate crisis intensifies, the Caribbean’s rich biodiversity and emerging energy sector positions the region as a destination for innovative policymaking and foreign investment. Countries such as Suriname are on the frontlines of global attention due to newfound oil and gas reserves and its forest coverage. 2024 promises to be a year of opportunity for Suriname, from deepening collaboration with partners like the United States to developing its energy, climate, and economic landscape.

The Atlantic Council’s Caribbean Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Global Energy Center hosted an in-person conversation on Thursday, February 1, at 12:15 p.m. ET with three Suriname ministers: Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Albert Ramdin; Minister of Natural Resources Hon. David Abiamofo; and Minister of Justice and Police Hon. Kenneth Amoski. The conversation highlighted Suriname and the Caribbean’s trajectory amid global economic changes.


Opening remarks

Jason Marczak
Vice President and Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council


The Hon. Albert Ramdin
Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation
The Republic Suriname 

The Hon. David Abiamofo
Minister of Natural Resources
The Republic Suriname 

Annand Jagesar
Managing Director
Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V

The Hon. Kenneth Amoksi
Minister of Justice and Police
The Republic Suriname 

In conversation with

Rachel Frazin
Energy and Environment Reporter
The Hill

Closing remarks

Wazim Mowla
Associate Director, Caribbean Initiative, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.

The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.

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