Over 300 jade mining permits to expire this month
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.