National Minerals Week 2017

Date: 20 - 25 Nov 2017
Location: Jamaica

Jamaica’s National Mineral Week, which is being coordinated by JAMPRO and features speakers such as the Minister of Transport and Mining, National Works Agency and other specially invited guests, will take place from November 20th to November 25th. The event will highlight the opportunities which exist in Jamaica’s mining sector. Jamaica has a range of commercially exploitable development materials including limestone, gypsum and clay. There are also opportunities in manufactured beach sand, cultured marble and cement.

The activities will include a public lecture, an investment forum, trade fair and two field trips to several mining operations.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. 

Mrs. Berletta Forrester

Manager – Manufacturing, Energy & Mining

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)


9:05 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. 

Ms. Diane Edwards

President JAMPRO

Ministerial Remarks

9:10 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Hon. 

Hon Mike Henry, CD, MP.

Minister of Transport & Mining

The Minerals Opportunity: A JAMPRO Perspective

This presentation takes a broad look at the activities that will drive economic growth over the next ten years and gives you the high-level demand figures for minerals.

9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

Mr. Claude Duncan

Vice President – Investment Promotions

Past/ Present/ Future: The Evolution of the Minerals Sector

Where is the sector coming from and where does it need to be to take advantage of the many opportunities that arise from increased economic activity?

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

Dr. Conrad Douglas

Executive Chairman & Principal Consultant

Conrad Douglas & Associates Limited

Manufactured Beach Sand

Come learn first-hand from one company who has diversified its quarry operations into making beach sand.

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. 

Mr. Leo Cousins

Managing Director

Lydford Mining Company

Industrial Lime - Preparing for an Initial Public Offer (IPO)

Jamaica’s bauxite industry utilizes a significant amount of burnt lime in its process. Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited (JBM) proposes to establish a lime plant for this industry and invites the public to participate in this venture.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Mr. Coy Roache

Managing Director

Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 


Highway Construction and Airport Runways: Limestone or Skid Resistant Aggregates?

Skid resistant aggregates for road construction are safer, easier to maintain and less costly in the long run over marl. The island has high volumes of untapped Skid Resistant Aggregates which is an opportunity for investment.

10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. 

Mr. Clinton Thompson

Commissioner of Mines

Mines & Geology Division

Minerals Supply Chain

Minerals require huge investments in transportation, storage and shipping to move products within and outside of Jamaica. What therefore are the investment opportunities in this category?

11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. 

Dr. Oral Rainford

Principal Director – Mining/ Minerals

Ministry of Transport & Mining

Import Substitution

The paint industry and others utilize minerals that are imported. What are the opportunities for local producers to substitute these minerals. What are we importing and what can do domestically?

11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

Mr. Ricardo Durrant

Assistant Vice President – Investment Promotions

12:00 p.m. 


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