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Parliament passes gemstone bill amid criticism

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial bill governing the gemstone sector, paving the way to restart the licensing of mining companies after a two-year moratorium. Upon taking office in 2016, the National League for Democracy-led administration suspended issuing new or extension of existing gemstone licences pending a governance review intended to clean up the sector. […]

Govt coffers held back by SOEs: EITI

A representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) said Myanmar’s government fails to understand the severity of how the so-called Other Accounts of state enterprises are holding back the country’s development. EITI will be organising a workshop on reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) engaging in this sector will be held mid-February, according to EITI trilateral […]

Shrouded in secrecy, SOE profits are not financing country’s development

Reallocation of excess savings from Myanmar Gems Enterprise (MGE) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) alone could provide more than K2.8 trillion in available financing for the government’s budget in the fiscal year starting from October, on top of covering expenses of the two state-owned enterprises. The government has lost more than US$2 billion […]

MGE’s high value of jades to catch attention of foreign merchants

High value of jade lots entrusted to Myanma Gems Emporium will range from Euro 3 million to 8 million, reported Myanma Gems Enterprise. The 54th Myanma Gems Emporium will be held at Mani Yadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw from August 2- 11. The MGE will put 6,561 lots of jades and 326 lots […]

Jade sector ranked 83rd among 89 countries assessed

An institution that ranks countries rich in natural resources has given failing or poor marks to the governance of Myanmar’s gemstone and oil and gas sectors. The 2017 Resource Governance Index assesses how a country manages their oil, gas and mining resources in order for all people in a resource-rich country to benefit. Myanmar’s gemstone […]