Over 300 jade min­ing per­mits to ex­pire this month

The Myanmar Times - - Business - CHAN MYA HTWE chan­myahtwe@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Emoon


PER­MITS for 321 jade and gems blocks will ex­pire in Septem­ber, the gov­ern­ment has said, and will not be re­newed, un­der an in­dus­try-wide freeze on new li­cences ex­pected to con­tinue un­til by-laws to the Myan­mar Gem­stones Law have been passed.

Li­censes for 38 blocks in the Lone Khin gem­stone tract in jaderich Hpakant will ex­pire in Septem­ber, along with 155 blocks in nearby

The num­ber of jade and gem block per­mits that will ex­pire in Septem­ber and will not be re­newed

Mohnyin town­ship, 83 blocks in Sa­gaing Re­gion’s Hkamti town­ship, 32 blocks in Mo­gok and 13 in Shan State’s Mine Shu.

The fig­ures were an­nounced ear­lier this week by Myan­mar Gems En­ter­prise un­der the Ministry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion.

The gov­ern­ment is­sued a mora­to­rium on new li­cences in July pend­ing a re­view of min­ing laws, af­ter land­slides killed sev­eral hun­dred itin­er­ant min­ers in Hpakant, and in re­sponse to grow­ing calls for re­form in the trou­bled bil­lion-dol­lar in­dus­try.

Com­pa­nies can con­tinue to dig un­til their li­cences ex­pire and it will take un­til 2021 be­fore all the per­mits for 19,000 blocks across the coun­try have run their course.

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