On Tuesday, September 12, Honourable Kye Rymer, the Minister for Communications and Works, engaged in discussions with members of Hertfordshire County Council, United Kingdom. Those discussions focused on road infrastructure development and fire and rescue services in the Virgin Islands.
In a recent release, it was reported that Honourable Rymer, during those discussions, highlighted the importance of having a formalised road programme with long-term investment and commitment to ensure the development and maintenance of safe roads in the Territory.
The use of innovative road surface technologies for road infrastructure development, opportunities for information sharing and knowledge exchange to assist the Territory with the redevelopment of its road infrastructure network and maintenance strategy were also discussed.
In the area of Fire and Rescue Services, discussions surrounded the use of technology in firefighting operations to enhance efficiency during critical situations. Opportunities for training, peer-to-peer discussions and knowledge exchange were suggested as potential avenues for sharing experiences and identifying areas that require further development.
The meeting showcased the commitment of Hertfordshire County Council to continue cooperation and collaboration with the Territory on ways to innovate and enhance the quality of services provided to the Virgin Islands.
Honourable Rymer further stated that the meeting demonstrated a collaborative effort to deepen and strengthen the relationship between Hertfordshire County and the Virgin Islands for future engagement on infrastructure and safety initiatives.
Minister Rymer’s delegation included the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Mrs Elvia Smith-Maduro, Acting Deputy Financial Secretary Dr. Drexel Glasgow, and Acting Director in the BVI London Office Ms. Tracy Bradshaw.