Welcome to Mogok, Myanmar’s mysterious mining mecca

High in the hills of northeastern Myanmar, past a few sleepy army checkpoints on a stretch of road where mobile phones lose their signal, an ageing signpost set against a mountainous landscape reads: “WELCOME TO RUBY LAND”. This is the entrance to a little-known and seldom-visited town called Mogok, which is said to be the […]

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 […]

Licenses for over 300 mining blocks in Lonekhin, Hpakant to expire in September

A total of 321 mining blocks in Lonekhin, Hpakant will expire next month, it is learnt from an announcement released by Myanmar Gems Enterprise under the Ministry of Mines. The blocks in Lonekhin, Hpakant were granted a work permit for five to seven years whereas 83 blocks in Kannee were permitted starting in 2011. Similarly, […]

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 […]

Traders Call on Govt to Support Jade Market

RANGOON — Jade traders in Mandalay have collected signatures to accompany a proposal requesting government support for a better jade market, they told The Irrawaddy on Friday. As Burma’s jade market began to decline last year, traders called on the country’s leadership to address the market situation. On July 12, traders in Mandalay initiated a […]

At least 12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing

YANGON: A landslide in Myanmar’s northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday (May 24), the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry. The bodies were recovered after a wall of unstable earth collapsed Monday night following heavy rain in the town […]

Govt to limit jade mining under new laws and restrictions

NEW laws will soon be enacted to restrict jade production within the Lonekhin and Hpakant mining blocks in Kachin State, said Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win at a session of the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. No more jade mining blocks will be allowed, and restrictions will be set on the […]

Senior officials implicated in Myanmar jade probe: official

Two senior Myanmar officials were purged from their posts this week after an investigation over corruption in the country’s multi-billion-dollar jade mining industry, authorities said Friday. Yangon – Two senior Myanmar officials were purged from their posts this week after an investigation over corruption in the country’s multi-billion-dollar jade mining industry, authorities said Friday. The […]

Jade Trade: Official Export Earnings Down for 2015

RANGOON — Revenue derived from Burma’s official jade exports declined in the first nine months of the 2015-16 fiscal year, as the lucrative industry continues to draw fire over safety, ethical and environmental concerns. According to figures from the Ministry of Commerce, US$567 million in revenue was derived from jade exports from April to December […]