Young local engineers to work on Alpart, Gansu projects

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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Approximately 60 engineering graduates, who are currently upgrading their skills upgrades in China, will be engaged in the expansion of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart bauxite refinery and the development of Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St Elizabeth, when they return to the island.

The graduates, from the University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Jamaica and Caribbean Maritime University, left for the one-year engineering course in March.

Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Mike Henry, who is wrapping up a two-week visit to China, said the young people will have key positions at the bauxite company.

Speaking with JIS News, he said that training is part of the agreement signed with the Chinese firm in order to ensure exchange of skills and knowledge.

“We intend to develop that process of continuation so that we can identify skills that are required and to train ahead of time, so that Jamaicans will be able to extend the skills that are necessary to all the changes in the mining industry,” he said.

The Minister said that part of his visit to China is to examine areas of investment for Jamaicans in the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone. The project is pivotal to Jamaica's Logistics Hub Initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority.

The JISCO/Alpart and Gansu projects together represent investment of approximately US$6 billion and are expected to generate approximately 60,000 jobs.

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