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Mining applications flow in, but few are complete

Over 1000 applications have been received for mining blocks since July, according to U Min Min Oo, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) at the 4th annual general meeting of Myanmar Federation of Mining Association held last week. However, only 193 of all the applications received are complete, he […]

Another wait for mine bill

Approval of the Mining Amendment Bill has been delayed again as hluttaw members dispute whether or not some of its provisions are constitutional. The main focus of the current disagreement is whether to grant licences to mining companies for 15 years or 25 years. The bill is an attempt to update legislation that many see […]

Small-Scale Gold Miners Publicly Called Out for Govt Debt

Yangon — A public notice accusing dozens of mining companies of failing to pay a required portion of the gold they produce to government coffers has shed light on what critics say is a burdensome requirement that is taxing Burma’s gold miners out of business. The Ministry of Mines published the notice in state-run newspapers […]