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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 […]

Five gem and jewellery emporiums to be held in 2017

Five gem and jewellery emporiums will be held in 2017, up from only one or two events held annually. Three events will sell gem and jewelry lots in foreign currency while two will be conducted using Myanmar currency, it is learnt from Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Emporium Organising Committee. “Normally, only an event is held […]

Mandalay trader petitions for mining halt

A Mandalay trader is circulating a petition calling for an immediate but temporary halt to jade mining and a revamp of export procedures, warning the Mandalay market could be headed for disaster if business continues as usual. The petition will shortly be submitted to a Regional and Union-level officials, with its main backer hoping it […]

Local mining applications delayed by new gemstones law

New concessions to explore gem-rich areas in upper Myanmar will not be granted until by-laws to the Myanmar Gemstones Law have been passed, which is unlikely to happen under the outgoing government, officials from the Ministry of Mines said. The ministry asked local companies to submit applications to explore mining blocks in Kachin State, Shan […]