Jamaican government promises increased return of bauxite land to former owners – aluminum insider
The Jamaican government said last week it would take action to speed up the redistribution of land previously used for bauxite mining activities to those that have been relocated.
Jamaica’s Transport and Mines Minister Robert Montague said on Wednesday he would use the Bauxite and Alumina Industries (Special Provisions) Act to speed up the process. He was speaking on the floor of the Jamaican legislature during the annual sector debate.
“As we have developed our bauxite industry over the years, in many cases families have been relocated, given new homes and new land, while their titled lands have been taken in order to facilitate mining activities. Many of these people have waited decades to obtain title to the new land they now occupy. The process has been slow over the years. “
“We intend to […] accelerate this land titling process by using the power of acquisition orders, contained in the law, ”continued Montague.
Montague also said the “important matter” fell within the purview of Minister of State at the Department of Transportation and Mines William JC Hutchinson.
Jamaica has been mining bauxite since 1943, when World War II sent the Allies in search of aluminum resources. The first bauxite ore was shipped in 1952, as demand increased with the entry of the United States into the Korean War. Production peaked in the 1960s, when the island was the most prolific producer of bauxite ore in the world.