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Expiring mine permits should be renewed under new gemstone policy: insiders

Mining permits for some 1000 jade and gemstone blocks across Myanmar will expire this month, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). Half the mines are located in Hpakant and Lone Khin and operated by Myanmar Imperial Jade Company, while a third are in Maw Lu- Maw Han, by Chaow Brothers […]

Traders hope for a boost from new gem laws

The new amendments to the law governing the extraction of gemstones in Myanmar are expected to offer relief for the gem industry in Mandalay. Industry insiders interviewed by Myanmar Times said they hope the market in Mandalay will bounce back this year after the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on December 18 amended the tax rates and restrictions […]

Over 190 mining sites will expire in March as environmental plans drawn up

YANGON-Licences for over 190 mining sites in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin, Mogok, Hkamti, Mongshu and Nantyarseik townships are set to expire in March, according to the Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation. A total 192 licences granted between 2010 and 2015 will expire for sites in Mongshu, Mogok, Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin and Nantyarseik townships. Those licences […]

Licences for over 300 jewellery mining blocks to expire this month

Licences for some 300 jewellery mining blocks in Mogok in Mandalay Region; Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin and Nantyaseik in Kachin State; and Mongshu in Shan State, will expire this month, according to an announcement made by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The ministry had earlier announced that no licences would be extended or […]

Gold and jewellery trade centres to open in three cities

Gold and jewellery trade centres will be opened in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw soon, said Planning and Finance Minister Kyaw Win on August 28. “We have already negotiated with various businessmen to open gold and jewellery trade centres, which will be open all year long. It will facilitate business for whatever they sell […]

Battling for Blood Jade: Inside One of the World’s Most Dangerous Industries

When the earth collapsed, as it does nearly every day in the jade hills of Myanmar, Ye Min Naing was poised on a steep slope of rubble and scree. It was a rainy night six months ago, at the tail end of the monsoons. A truck with wheels the height of a man had just […]

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

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list 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 […]

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, […]