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முகப்பு All News FOREIGN NATIONALS & FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS HAVE NO PERMISSION TO CONDUCT GEMSTONE MINING ACTIVITY IN SRI LANKA
FOREIGN NATIONALS & FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS HAVE NO PERMISSION TO CONDUCT GEMSTONE MINING ACTIVITY IN SRI LANKA
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The Minister of Environment & Renewable Energy Hon. Susil Premajayantha firmly declared that licenses for Gemstone Mining Activity are not issued to individuals or institutions of international origin.

Elaborating on this decision, The Honorable Minister further emphasized that despite the provision to engage in Gemstone trading activity granted, he would categorically disallow the issuance of licenses to foreign individuals or foreign organizations for purpose of Gemstone Mining in Sri Lanka. The directive further prohibits Joint ventures, Partnerships, Amalgamations, and Alliances inclusive of all other manifestations of business agreements established for this purpose.

The aforementioned decision of the Honorable Minister was re-emphasized with the view to safeguard the Srilankan Gemstone Mining Industry from possible threats or risks resultant of the fabricated claims fictitious rumor mongering conducted by certain non-national organizations with ulterior motives. The Minister, additionally instructed The National Gem & Jewellery Authority to further strengthen the existing procedures and regulations governing the Gemstone mining activity in Sri Lanka to thwart the remotest possibility Gemstone mining by non-nationals in Sri Lanka.

These assertions were insistently stated during a recent discussion held at the Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy with the Honorable Minister with a broad segment of Associations and Stakeholders engaged in the Gem & Jewellery Industry in the Ehaliyagoda & Ratnapura & districts. The Hon. Minster further stated of his immediate intention is to establish Ratnapura as the œInternational Gemstone Mining, Faceting Trading Hub of Asia. IN his address the Minister highlighted that the completion of the Hambantota Highway would effectively enable potential traders to reach the Ratnapura Gemstone Hub within 30 minutes of their arrival at Mattegoda Airport.Such unprecedented activity would resultantly justify the declaration of the Ratnapura district as the Gemstone Zone of Sri Lanka.

The Minister further appointed a resilient and vibrant committee constituent of Mr. Amitha Gamage Chairman CEO of NGJA, Mr. N.K.G.K. Nemmawatte Additional Secretary Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy / Director General NGJA, Mrs. Priyanthi Legal Officer NGJA inclusive of two representatives from the industry to review and resolve persistent disputes and grievances besieging the local Gem & Jewellery Industry.The attendees of the large gathering representative of industry stake holders and associations expressed their appreciation and gratitude towards the decision taken to notify the issuance of Gemstone mining licenses via press publications prior to their release. They were also deeply appreciative of the genuine purposeful measures and improvements adopted to rectify the anomalies concerning the issuance of Gemstone mining licenses as a response to the public demonstrations and protests carried out in the recent past.

Mr. Amitha Gamage “ Chairman Chief Executive Officer National Gem & Jewellery Authority, Mr. N.K.G.K. Nemmawatte €“ Director General National Gem & Jewellery Authority / Additional Secretary Ministry of Environment Renewable Energy, Director General National Geological Survey Mining Bureau, Legal Officers of the Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy inclusive of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority together with several high ranking officials from the relevant authorities attended the important meeting.

வியாழக்கிழமை, 02 அக்டோபர் 2014 12:15 அன்று இறுதியாக இற்றை செய்யப்பட்டது