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Another week, another island.
Jamaica s prime minister Por-
tia Simpson Miller, spent last
week on a five-day visit to Beijing.
After the welcome and gun salutes,
she met President Xi Jinping, Pre-
mier Li Keqiang---and representa-
tives of the China Communications
Construction Company, whose sub-
sidiary China Harbour has its west-
ern hemisphere headquarters in
China Harbour wants to push
ahead with a mega-project for port
development on the Goat Islands, a
mile offshore from Jamaica s Hell-
shire Hills. These are "arguably the
most protected piece of land in
Jamaica," says Diana McCaulay, of
the Jamaica Environment Trust.
Environment minister Robert
Pickersgill---one of only two Cabinet
members in Jamaica s Beijing
party---says the port proposal "is
now under very serious considera-
tion." McCaulay says there is no
statutory requirement for an Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment.
Port Goat would be big stuff. It
would reportedly cover 12 square
kilometres. Estimates for the capital
cost run to US$1.2 billion, or around
one-tenth of Jamaica s annual GDP.
How much of that cash stays in
Jamaica is anyone s guess. Most will
go on large-scale construction
equipment, operated, perhaps, by
migrant Chinese workers.
The new port would take huge
post-Panamax container ships
which will from 2015 glide through
an expanded Panama canal. That
project is almost two-thirds com-
plete. Last Tuesday, four enormous
gates arrived from Italy for its giant
Kingston s existing port is too
shallow for the big new ships.
Jamaica s lucrative transshipment
business could be threatened.
The Panama project was
announced in 2006. Seven years on,
Jamaica is now deciding where to
put its new port. Naturally, there is
no ideal site. Fort Augusta on
Kingston Harbour was rejected in
April as too confined. Its historic
buildings leave little room for con-
The proposed Goat Islands alter-
native is hot-news and not-news.
Jamaica Environment Trust has for
months been hearing tip-offs about
So, what s there now? Great Goat
Island has a rugged 300-foot lime-
stone hill. It is home (well, yes) to a
few hundred hungry goats. Little
Goat Island was a base for US Navy
seaplanes during the Second World
War. President Franklyn Roosevelt
dropped by in 1940. A few cen-
turies earlier, Columbus sheltered
his galleons nearby.
Between the two islands is a
mangrove wetland. But the real nat-
ural riches are the marine wildlife---
seagrass meadows and coral reefs,
since 1999 part of the Portland
Bight Protected Area. There are two
fish sanctuaries, and two game
reserves. Conveniently, the land is
There is no public proposal out-
lining how two small islands
totalling four square kilometres
could house a port three times that
The talk is that Great Goat Island
would be blasted flat, and the rub-
ble used to reclaim some of the
surrounding sea, with a causeway
connection to Jamaica s lone high-
way a couple of miles to the north.
Some serious dredging and blast-
ing would be needed to clear a
shipping channel to the 15-metre
depth required by post-Panamax
ships. Says China Harbour s parent
company "we will take the full
responsibility for environmental and
The US Navy dredged happily in
the 1940s. Today, we re supposed to
be environmentally aware. Just three
months ago, at a Caribbean busi-
ness summit, Pickersgill promised to
have one-quarter of Jamaica s
marine and coastal area under envi-
ronmental protection by 2020. He
said the existing fish sanctuaries
showed Jamaica s progress.
Portia Simpson Miller says she
had a fruitful and rewarding trip. A
Chinese loan will fund a US$353
million Major Infrastructure Devel-
opment Programme---but add to
Jamaica s burdensome foreign debt.
A smaller US$14m grant will fund
two infant schools and other proj-
Jamaica s economy badly needs a
big, new boost. The central bank
last week announced a fifth succes-
sive quarter of economic contrac-
tion. The IMF reported on Thursday
that "Recent economic develop-
ments mostly confirm the chal-
lenges." Dead right. Unemployment
is over 16 per cent.
Inflation is clipping ahead at ten
per cent, while wages are frozen
and the Jamaica dollar worth less
than one US cent.
Carlton Davis, Jamaica s special
envoy, says "there is no perfect uni-
verse." Dead right, again. He contin-
ues "it is how you can balance and
use engineering to correct things."
Just engineering? And then "if a
project promises to employ 10,000
people...you can t just simply lose
it."It s not immediately clear where
that 10,000 figure comes from---
Hutchison Whampoa s huge con-
tainer port at Freeport on Grand
Bahama employs just a few hun-
dred; and 10,000 jobs at Port Goat
would require some serious long-
There are hopes that a
cement plant and other indus-
tries would follow the port.
The industry and investment
ministry talks of a "multi-
dimensional logistics hub" with
"clusters of global businesses
operating from special econom-
ic zones, technology parks,
logistics parks and industrial
parks." That sounds lovely. I
have always liked parks.
"Can we get ourselves out of
our economic problems by
destroying our land?" asks
Environmentalist Peter Espeut
says there are other, less sensi-
tive sites. They need to be
identified fast. This is starting
to sound like a replay of T&T s
ill-fated smelter project.
JAMAICA'S 'PORT GOAT':
JOBS OR MARINE RESERVE?
A painting of the Great Wall of China serves as a backdrop for Jamaica
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller who paid an official visit to that
nation last week.
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