SVG hosts 60th Caribbean Meteorological Council

From left: Carlos James, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sustainable Development and Culture; Andrea Best Deputy Director of Airports; PM Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Hudson Nedd, permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security

(Searchlight) Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has made a plea for greater inclusion of meteorological data in national planning in countries across the region.

Dr Gonsalves made the plea as he addressed the two-day 60th Caribbean Meteorological Council (CMC) meeting which opened on Thursday, November 19, 2020 and chaired by Gonsalves, in his capacity as Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Gonsalves said “Meteorology is not, for many people, as they say on the street, a sexy subject but it is vital and one of the weaknesses I noticed in our Caribbean is that the data from the meteorology services, while they are used very often to guide the national emergency management agencies or offices and to provide assistance for incoming and outgoing aircraft and ships, we don’t have it as a central element in our national planning. If you read any national economic and social development plans, you hardly find the word meteorology,” the CARICOM Chair disclosed.

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