Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parliament set to adopt Mining Law

Parliment is now set to adopt the Myanmar Mining Law after largely concurring with technical observations made by President U Thein Sein. The draft law was sent to the president on December 1 for signature.

U Myat Nyarna Soe, of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Bill Joint Committee, said on December 17 that the committee had reviewed the president’s remarks, which it had received on December 15.

The president proposed the wording “mineral deposit” instead of “mineral reserve” in the definition of “medium- and small-scale production”. The bill committee accepted the change in respect of medium-scale production, but recommended retaining hluttaw’s original wording for small-scale production.

“Medium- and large-scale extraction could refer to mineral deposits. But the working licence for small-scale extraction and manageable extraction cannot be granted in respect of mineral deposits. It should refer to ‘mineral reserves’,” U Myat Nyarna Soe told MPs.

The president’s recommendation to refer to “the Union government” instead of “the government” throughout the text was accepted, as was the substitution of the wording “raw material of industrial minerals” for the original “industrial raw materials”.

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw first discussed the measure in November last year on the proposal of U Nay Win Tun, Amyotha Hluttaw representative for No 9 constituency, Shan State, chair of the Amyotha Hluttaw Mineral and Resources Committee. The draft then went through three rounds of reconciliation between the two houses before it was submitted for final approval to the president on December 1.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun