Two weeks ago, Trinidad’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley delivered a major speech. It sought to define the future trajectory of his country’s energy policy. Speaking at the conference, “Shaping the Caribbean’s Energy Future,” he indicated why, over the next 10 years, the way the world thinks about the Caribbean may change.

Much of what was reported focused on Trinidad no longer being able to jointly develop with Venezuela its cross-border oil and gas fields because of U.S. sanctions. However, of greater long-term significance were the views expressed on the region’s economic future as a producer of oil and gas, and the central regional energy-related role Mr. Rowley envisages for Trinidad.