Hon Kye M. Rymer was at the time speaking on the outcome of the 10th International Road Federation (IRF) Caribbean Regional Congress held in Bridgetown, Barbados on June 7-10 under the theme ‘A Roadmap to a safe and Resilient Road System.’
The congress event was established in 2012 as an answer to repeated calls for a specific forum that addresses the needs of transportation professionals across 30 countries and territories in the region.
While at the event, Honourable Rymer said the National Unity Government in the Virgin Islands is doing its part and has an incentivised initiative that allows for the free importation of electrical vehicles, duty-free, in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint and encourage a green lifestyle in the Virgin Islands.
The flagship event celebrated its 10th anniversary and covered topics on Infrastructure Investments & Innovative Financing, Road Safety, Delivering Resilient Road Infrastructure & Services, Regional Integration & Cooperation, Road Asset Management, Decarbonisation of Road Transport, Building Capacity in Caribbean Public Works Ministries, and the Effect of COVID-19 on Road & Transport Agencies
Eleven ministers responsible for Transportation in the region attended the congress from countries including Antigua and Barbuda Barbados, The Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos.