49th FORUM ON THE GEOLOGY OF INDUSTRIAL MINERALS 2013 Jamaica Conference Centre Jamaica W.I. June 23 – 29, 2013
The FGIM2013 was deemed a success based on feedback from the over 45 participants who attended the Presentations and Field Trips. Participants included visitors from the United States, Canada, England and Australia, along with local representatives from both government and private organizations.
The Forum provided seven (7) days of activities, commencing with a Church Service that signified the start of National Minerals Week 2013 and ending with a combined Technical and Guest Field Trip to the Cockpit Country, Manchester and Trelawny.
Participants enjoyed two and a half days of presentations at the Jamaica Conference Centre. Papers were presented on Jamaican geology and important mineral resources, environmental stewardship, and corporate responsibility in the mining sector. Minerals highlighted include limestone (whiting) and marbles applicable in the small craft industry.
Participants got an opportunity to unwind and let their hair down at the mid-week customary social gathering dubbed Jerk Nite where they had the opportunity to sample a range of popular local dishes and enjoy Jamaica’s musical heritage throughout the ages.
The technical field trips exposed the participants to our limestone resource and how it is quarried and processed for use in the bauxite industry and in the making a number of local products. We visited notable examples of karst topography within the Cockpit Country such as at Wallingford where the Coffee River disappears then resurfaces to join the Black River many kilometres away, upstanding Tower Karst at Warsop and the largest blue hole river rising at Dornock near Stewart Town.
The guests of FGIM2013 were not to be left out as they participated in four field trips which took them back in time. They relived Jamaica’s historical journey travelling from our current capital (Kingston) to where our island’s history began at Seville the site of the town known as Mamia which was established by the Tanios, the first inhabitants of Jamaica. These trips revealed Jamaica’s rich culture through artefacts at the Peoples Museum (Spanish Town) and the Seville Great House (St. Ann’s Bay) and art on display at the National Gallery. Guest visited the wickedest city (Port Royal) and traversed the interior mountains of Diablo to the northern coastline where they experienced the breathtaking beauty of the Dunns River Falls.
The Mines and Geology Division and by extension our parent Ministry of Science, Technology Energy and Mining wished to express our deepest gratitude to all the companies and individuals whose contributions and support helped to create lasting memories and made this event a success.