Press Release

Ministry of Communications and Works
Release Date:
Friday, 30 June 2023 - 9:06pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands is engaged in discussions for the introduction of a National Meteorological Service in the Territory.

Minister for Communication and Works Honourable Kye Rymer said that his team along with the relevant agencies including the Airport Authority and Department of Disaster Management, met with Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) Dr. Arlene Laing and her team earlier this week to initiate discussions about setting up an office in the Territory to provide this service.

In his statement at the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly, Minister for Communication and Works Honourable Kye M. Rymer said his ministry is responsible for meteorology and the efficient and timely movement of meteorological information.

Honourable Rymer said the Virgin Islands' economy relies on tourism, fishing, the marine environment, agriculture, aviation, and other services, which are all affected by the Territory's weather and climate conditions.

The Minister stated, “The region is vulnerable to coastal and marine hazards, and extreme weather events and climate variability have historically impacted sustainable development. Recent events like floods and hurricanes demonstrate the need to invest in local weather forecasting capabilities to reduce disaster risks.”

Honourable Rymer said developing a National Meteorological Service through a dedicated office is a significant step towards addressing concerns related to severe weather events, climate, and climate change in the Territory.

He added, “With the support of organisations like the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), we can work towards building a resilient and sustainable future for the citizens of these Virgin Islands.”

The Minister’s full statement can be viewed on the Government’s website at

The Ministry of Communications and Works continues to ensure the continued development and maintenance of public infrastructure in keeping with international standards so that public utilities are reliable and affordable in support of an enhanced community life for every resident and visitor in the Virgin Islands.






Photo 1: Official Photo of Minister for Communication and Works Honourable Kye M. Rymer (Photo credit: GIS) 


Paul Bridgewater

Information Officer I (Ag.)
Department of Information and Public Relations