14 – 15 April 2016

Jamaican National Consultation Workshop on Development Minerals

 

 


Kingston/Jamaica


 

 

 

On the 14-15 of April 2016, the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme held a National Consultation Workshop in Kingston Jamaica. Jamaica is one of the six focus countries of the programme and the purpose of the workshop was to discuss the state of the quarry and small-scale mining sectors in Jamaica, to consult on the activities that will be implemented as part of the programme and to begin to develop a roadmap and activity work plan.

The workshop was held in partnership with the Mines and Geology Division of Jamaica and brought together fifty-one participants drawn from Jamaica's public stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders such as small-scale mining enterprises, associations, and business development centres; and social stakeholders such as civil society organizations and community groups were in attendance.

The event was facilitated by Dr. Arthur Geddes and opening remarks were delivered by:

  • Dr. Alwin Hales, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Mining
  • Mr. Achim Schaffert, Head of Operations, Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize,
  • The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Cayman Islands
  • Mr. Richard Kelly, Programme Specialist - Policy Advisory Services, UNDP Jamaica
  • Dr. Daniel Franks, Chief Technical Advisor/Programme Manager, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme
  • Mr. Clinton Thompson, Commissioner of Mines

ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

  • Africa

    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

    The Pacific is literally built on sand. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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Uganda

East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.

Guinea

West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.

Zambia

Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Cameroon

Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.

Jamaica

Caribbean

Ancient coral, long ago compressed into limestone under the weight of mud, sand and yet more coral, accounts for 65% of the Jamaican island by weight, and 85% of its surface coverage.

Fiji

Pacific

Of the 68 active mineral extraction sites in Fiji, 66 mine Development Minerals.

Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

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