Jade Curse Tests Post-Sanctions Myanmar

Its embrace can bring wealth beyond measure, or instant death. It is a magnet for the most impoverished migrant workers and the most ruthless exploiters. Its haunts are a cauldron of armed conflict beyond the law of the land. In what could be one of its most challenging tests, how will Myanmar’s democratic government deal […]

Gov’t Calls Tender to Restore Mined Areas

The government has called a tender for companies to help reduce the environmental impacts caused by jade mining in Lone Khin and Hpakant region, according to the Myanma Gems Enterprise. Following the government’s decision to stop giving jade mining licences, the authorities mulled getting help from firms that can manage the environmental impact recovery process […]

All Remaining Jade Mining Licenses to Expire in 2018

RANGOON — The government has announced that all remaining jade mining licenses will expire in 2018, and licenses will only be considered for renewal after the completion of an environmental management plan for jade mining areas of Kachin State. With the government’s decision not to renew jade mining licenses, 310 mining companies operating in Kachin […]

Halted jade mines to restart

The Ministry of Mines will open four jade mines in Kachin State at the end of the monsoon season, according to a ministry announcement on July 7. The move to reopen the mines comes as the 51st jade emporium in Nay Pyi Taw generated record sales. The four re-opened sites had been closed in 2012 […]

Jade Mines to Resume Operations in Kachin State: Burmese Govt

YANGON — In northern Myanmar, where the vast majority of the world’s jade is produced, mining companies will soon be allowed to resume operations, following a two-year hiatus due to armed conflicts. The Ministry of Mines announced Tuesday that small- and large-scale miners can return September 1 to the resource-rich Kachin State. Mining operations were […]