October 6, 2020
The development minerals sector has received another boost from the European Union (EU)-funded Development Minerals Programme with the handover of a Training Reference Resource, produced for the industry.
The training resource document is designed to boost the capacity of the sector to establish growth and build resilience into operations. There are special sections for risk management and (COVID-19) recovery and resilience.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States (ACP)-EU Development Minerals Programme Phase II, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is designed to foster better livelihoods and gender inclusion for people working along the development minerals value chain in ACP countries, like Jamaica.
Principal Director, Minerals Policy Planning and Development Division, in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr. Oral Rainford, said “the text comes at a most opportune time and is in line with the direction which has been embraced by the Government of Jamaica.” As such, the ministry recommends the training resource to investors in the industry, and that they should fully utilise it for growth.
Meanwhile, UNDP Resident Representative in Jamaica, Denise E. Antonio, said the organisation is on a mission to “boost the skills in the sector”. She said an agreement that was signed in 2018 between the UNDP and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) is enabling growth in the industry. “I am satisfied that the partnership is building the sector’s capacity to contribute even more to economic growth and job creation,” the UNDP Representative said.
Head of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, expressed that the Programme is helping investors to mainstream their operations, and the tool is for building the capacity of the sector.
The intended outcome is increased employment and income for artisanal and small-scale mining enterprises (ASMEs) and increased economic opportunities for women participating in ASMEs throughout the development minerals value chain.
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