Search on for precious minerals across Jamaica
Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry has granted some 90 exploratory licences for semi-precious minerals such as cobalt, copper, gold, silver and zinc, since March 2018.
“Right now, almost every square inch of Jamaica is under a prospecting licence for some kind of mineral."
That is the word from mining minister Robert Montague who disclosed that his ministry has granted some 90 exploratory licences for semi-precious minerals such as cobalt, copper, gold, silver and zinc, since March 2018.
"The beauty of it, is that most of the companies that are prospecting … are Jamaican-owned. So if [for example] gold is found … in commercial quantities, the profits will stay here,” Montague said.
The minister said that in a bid to encourage the mining of semi-precious minerals, the ministry’s Mines and Geology Division hosted a series of workshops and training seminars for industry stakeholders. These, he indicated, formed part of the three-year €13.1-million African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Development Minerals Programme.