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Not giving up on bauxite alumina industry - Paulwell

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:WITH HUNDREDS of jobs to be provided with a new call centre currently under construction in the town of Mandeville, the return of the bauxite industry to the parish deemed as 'economic holy ground', is still in the pipeline for Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell.

"We are not giving up on the bauxite alumina industry ... the industry is recovering from recession, we are seeing important developments such as price of energy, crude oil is going down ... ," said Phillips on Wednesday.

With six years into the downfall of the industry, Paulwell said he has so far received commitments of the emergence of a transformed sector.

"They will emerge with government earning more from taxes, earning more from the bauxite levy - we have been granting concessions over concessions, we're going to have to stop that because we can't afford the Jamaican people to be taxed anymore, and those who can afford it because they are relying on out natural resources must pay ... ," Paulwell told the gathering during the launch of the Young Entrepreneurship Association of Jamaica's National Entrepreneurship Week, held at Neil's Auditorium. Manchester.

Strict measures

As regards to the rehabilitation of land after mining, Paulwell said strict measures will be implemented.

"I think we now need to insist that these lands be provided to the people and that people can acquire these lands to do their activities ... I don't like to travel around the country and see these gaping holes as a result of mining activities ... we are going to be getting strict with the companies, we are going to be insistent, and where they fail to do the environmentally correct things, they will be penalised and that money they'll be charged, we will use it to replenish the lands."

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