Mining Minister, Robert Montague, says he and representatives from his Ministry, continue to have a dialogue with key players in the bauxite industry.
The dialogue is taking place amidst global concerns with respect to the price of bauxite/alumina on the international market.
In a statement today, the Mining Ministry said Minister Montague and his team met with representatives from WINDALCO yesterday.
The meeting took place at the WINDALCO plant in Ewarton, St. Catherine.
According to the Ministry, the meeting took place as it continues to monitor the bauxite and mining industry in an effort to allay fears of any possible fallout.
The Mining Ministry says it’s also moving to provide the requisite support aimed at protecting the welfare of workers and the livelihood of communities who depend on the industry.
According to the Ministry, although the discussions with partners remain at a delicate stage, the Mining Minister has indicated that Jamaica’s interest is his first priority.
Minister Montague says he’ll do whatever it takes, within the constraints of the law, to ensure that the country is protected.
According to the Ministry, Minister Montague has also met with representatives of the Clarendon Alumina Company, CAP, and the Noranda Bauxite Company to address the global concerns surrounding the bauxite/alumina industry.
The Mining Ministry says it continues to crave the understanding and support of the people while it treats with the crucial issue.