[2014] Capacity Development Workshop on Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (FFRE) Transition Workshop for India Ocean and African SIDS






Formal Opening

Opening remarks:

Mr. Sunil Dowarkasing, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister and Project Coordinator, Maurice Ile Durable Commission

Opening remarks:

Dr. Yoon Jong Soo, Head, UN Office for Sustainable Development

Welcoming address:

Dr. the Honourable Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities

Welcoming address:

Dr. the Honourable Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade

Welcoming address:

Mr. Osman Mahomed, Executive Chairman, MID Commission

Workshop Introduction


Day 1 (May 12, 2014) - Introduction to the Concept of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Renewable Energy Transition

Session 1: Linking sustainable development to fossil fuel subsidies


Session 2: Introduction to energy transition policies

Country Cases: Energy Transition Strategies and Policies


Day 2 (May 13, 2014) - The Political Economy of Energy Policies

Session 3: Analysis of the impacts of existing fiscal policy instruments - the transport sector in the fictional country of Murundi

  • Intro: Strengths, weaknesses and contradictions in Murundi’s transport policy
  • Group work: Developing a reform proposal for the transport sector in Murundi 


Session 4: Stakeholder interests in the case of fossil fules and energy - dismantling fossil fuel subsidies in the electricity sector in the fictional country of Nira


Day 3 (May 14, 2014) - Field Visits


Day 4 (May 15, 2014) - Designing Robust FFRE Policies

Session 5: Country-specific considerations for energy transition

Country Cases


Session 6: FFRE knowledge management, capacity and communication


Special Session: The Global Subsidy Initiative


Session 7: Designing robust and feasible FFRE policies in participants' countries


Day 5 (May 16, 2014) - Developing Robust and Feasible FFRE Policies

Session 8: Presentation and peer review of policy proposals


Session 9: Development of personal action plans


Formal Closing

Closing Remarks



List of Participants

  • Preparatory Readings

1) Training Manual for participants

2) Environmental Fiscal Reform - Case Studies

3) Environmental Fiscal Reform for Poverty Reduction

4) A guidebook to Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform for policymakers in Southeast Asia

5) Green Revenues for Green Energy: Environmental fiscal reform for renewable energy technology deployment in China