The opening ceremony for the 1st International Gems and Jewellery Fair-2019 held at Yadanabon Super Center, on the corner of 78th street and 34th street, Chanayethazan Township, Mandalay.
Firstly, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr. Ye Myint Swe and officials opened the ceremony by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Afterward, Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung said, gems expos in every country showcase the wealth of the country. Various types of the gem are found in Myanmar and 80 types of precious stones including qualified stones are found in Mogok. High-quality gems and low-quality gems are displayed in the expo so that all levels of people can come and buy. We need to try to hold more such kind of expo in the future. By including program about holding the expo annually in this expo, international audience will become aware of it and will visit without invitation. On the other hand the expo will promote the country’s tourism industry. As such I encourage to work toward conducting the expo in a sustained manner every year after this expo.
Deputy Minister Dr. Ye Myint Swe said Myanmar is a country rich in natural resources, not the least of which are jade, rubies, and sapphires from Myanmar have consistently ranked as some of the most popular and magnificent gems in the world market. As Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation intends to use natural resources until next generations in accordance with rules and regulations and will reduce selling raw gems and now is giving priority to produce as high-value products. Following this Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association U L Phai Khun Sa and Mandalay Yadanar Mall Gems Entrepreneurs Development Committee Chairman U Kyaw Thurasay words of thanks.
Then, the Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, the Deputy Minister Dr. Ye Myint Swe and officials pressed a button to unveil the expo’s signboard and toured the booths exhibited.
The aim of the event is to penetrate the international market through the exhibition of Myanmar’s gems, to rebuild international gem market in the country and to upgrade development of jade and refined gems market and technology.
The event will be held from 15 to 19 January, 10 am to 7 pm. The expo will feature about 400 booths and about 10,000 gem merchants from 40 countries were invited.
Min Htet Aung (Mann Sub-Printing House)
Photo: Aung Phyo Kyaw
(Translated by Myat Thandar Aung)