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Mining division to stage technical conference on November 23

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Mining and quarrying operators, as well as others involved in the minerals sector, are to benefit from the staging of a technical conference to be held on Wednesday (November 23) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:00 am.

The event, organised by the Mining Division of the Ministry of Transport and Mining, is part of activities for National Minerals Week 2017 from November 19 to 25.
It will examine technical and operational issues pertinent to the minerals sector. Divided into general and sector-specific segments, the conference will be informative and interactive.

Principal Director, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr Oral Rainford, said that the event “is going to be of interest to owners and operators of mines and quarries, suppliers of goods and services and contractors to the sector, including regulators and academics”.

“We will be investigating a number of topics, which are going to be presented by a cadre of local and international experts,” he added.

These are Climate-proofing the Minerals/Mining Sector – Risks and Implications; Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals; Land Management and Legacy Issues; Alumina Production and the Management of Alumina Waste; Diversification and Value-added Production; Health, Safety and Environmental Stewardship; Equipment Selection, Maintenance and Retooling; Energy and the Mining Sector; and Logistics for Jamaica’s Minerals Sector.

Rainford is urging sector members to “come out, bring your issues, and let’s have robust discussion and find solutions”.

“We have got to ensure that we build our economy and the sector, that we become more competitive, we begin to utilise more of our products in our economy and begin to produce higher-value products for a wider range of areas of industry,” he said.
National Minerals Week will provide opportunity to raise awareness about the mining sector and its contribution to economic growth.

The activities for the week, which are being organised by public- and private-sector partners, include public discussions, lectures, town hall meetings, field trips, investment and networking fora, as well as a two-day exhibition and trade fair.

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