Jamaica Adds Lime to Rum to Boost Economy
Limestone is not a famous Jamaican icon, in the same way as Blue Mountain coffee, Appleton rum, Trenchtown reggae or the beaches of Montego Bay. Like so many industrial - 'non-metalic' - minerals the contribution of limestone to Jamaica's economic and human development is hidden.
In collaboration with Jamaica's Mines and Geology Division of the Ministry of Transport and Mining, a National Consultation Workshop was held on 14 – 15 April, 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica, to build awareness about the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme; gather information on Neglected Development Minerals in Jamaica; identify sectoral linkages and opportunities for partnership and business creation; and develop a roadmap for the implementation of the programme.
The key note address was made by Dr. Alwin Hales, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Mining; while other addresses were made by Mr. Achim Schaffert, Head of Operations, Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Cayman Islands; and Mr. Clinton Thompson - Commissioner of Mines. The 58 participants drawn from public, private and civil society sectors contributed to the road map which will guide the multi-year work plans for the project.