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Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUP -

Up­per House reps call for pre­ven­tive mea­sures on land­slide at jade mines

Up­per House MPs dis­cussed a mo­tion on Novem­ber 7 call­ing for mea­sures on the preven­tion of land­slides of dumped soil from jade mines in Hpakant in Kachin State.

An MP said al­though there are 11 sites des­ig­nated for waste soil from jade mines, some com­pa­nies con­tinue pil­ing soil at min­ing sites.

An­other rep­re­sen­ta­tive noted the lack of law en­force­ment at jade mines.

Some MPs also called for the gov­ern­ment to en­act a law al­low­ing cit­i­zens to con­duct gem min­ing at man­age­able lev­els, say­ing that mea­sures for en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion should be taken at gem mines..

Govt’s peace ne­go­tia­tor op­ti­mistic NLD would fully im­ple­ment NCA

Union Min­is­ter U Aung Min told the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw on De­cem­ber 7 in the state­ment of non-signa- tories to the Na­tion­wide Cease­fire Agree­ment that the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment would be able to im­ple­ment the peace process more suc­cess­fully, as the re­main­ing eth­nic armed groups which did not sign in NCA would co­op­er­ate with the new gov­ern­ment.

He also said that the gov­ern­ment held talks with 16 armed groups first and then the num­ber of armed groups in­creased from 16 to 21 but the present ad­min­is­tra­tion has fur­ther opened the way for the re­main­ing armed groups to join.

Myan­mar jades goes on sale

Raw and cut jade were sold at the Maniyadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw on De­cem­ber 6. More than 150 raw jade lots and 6,826 pieces of cut jade at­tracted lo­cal and for­eign mer­chants.

Myan­mar of­fi­cial rev­enue from jade ex­ports from 2011 to 2014 was US$1.3 bil­lion, while Har­vard Univer­sity’s Ash Cen­ter es­ti­mates to­tal jade sales – in­clud-

ing through un­of­fi­cial chan­nels – was $8bn in 2011 alone, suggest­ing most of the rev­enue does not go into gov­ern­ment cof­fers.

Ac­cord­ing to 1995 Gems Law, a 30 per­cent com­mer­cial tax for the ex­port of raw gem stone and 10 per­cent com­mer­cial tax for the ex­port of fin­ished gem prod­ucts are col­lected. How­ever, if the raw gem stones are sold do­mes­ti­cally in Myan­mar kyat, no tax is col­lected.

Shwe Mann meets Aung San Suu Kyi again af­ter Nov 8 elec­tions

Union Par­lia­ment speaker Thura Shwe Mann and Na­tional League for Democ­racy (NLD) party chair­per­son Aung San Suu Kyi held a meet­ing at the speaker’s of­fice on De­cem­ber 7, as the win­ning party in the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion pre­pares to set up its gov­ern­ment.

Af­ter the re­cent land­mark elec­tion, the two lead­ers have met fre­quently. This was their eighth meet­ing.

Ne­go­tia­tors for the gov­ern­ment and an eth­nic armed group on De­cem­ber 8 agreed to pull back their forces from a flash­point high­way.

Af­ter the with­drawal of troops from the route link­ing the gar­ri­son town of Mong Nawng in Kyethi Town­ship, both sides will re­lo­cate an es­ti­mated 10,000 dis­placed civil­ians to their homes.

The Union Peace­mak­ing Work Com­mit­tee and the Shan State Pro­gres­sive Party agreed on Novem­ber 24to im­ple­ment the six points of a pro­vi­sional agree­ment.

Un­der the agree­ments of De­cem­ber 8, the gov­ern­ment troops will pull back from south of the key route, while the SSPP will with­draw its fight­ers to the north.

The SSPP, a mem­ber of the United Na­tion­al­i­ties Fed­eral Coun­cil, is one of the eth­nic armed groups which did not sign the na­tion­wide cease­fire agree­ment with the gov­ern­ment on Oc­to­ber 15.

Peace ne­go­tia­tors agree on ini­tial with­drawal of troops

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