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* Gem & Jewellery industry in Sri Lanka gets President's attention
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 08:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena met with the representatives of the Gem & Jewellery industry at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday (12) and engaged in discussions on measures need to develop the industry.

During the meeting, the President discussed in detail the issues prevailed in the industry, which plays a pivotal role in the national economy by bringing foreign revenue, and the steps that should be taken to develop the industry.

Attention was drawn to issues like relieving the levy of 15% on gold imports, difficulties faced by the Gem & Jewellery industry due to the new taxes imposed by the government and to reduce the mining license fee charged by the Lands Commission.

It was also discussed the necessity of using abandoned paddy fields which could not be used for cultivation, for mining activities and to implement a process to encourage the mining workers to refill and rehabilitate mine sites once mining is finished.

The President also discussed the issues that have arisen with mining process as well as in the procedure of issuance of Mine Permits, and instructed the officials to provide relief to miners considering the reality of the regional situation and to take legal actions to cancel the licenses of the miners who do not take steps to close the mine sites when mining is finished.

Attention also focused on the issues arising when carrying out raids on illegal mining and preparation of a proper mechanism to take legal action against fake gemstones suppliers.

Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Gayantha Karunathilake, and Daya Gamage, Deputy Minister Ajith Mannapperuma, Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissanayake, Chairman of National Gem and Jewellery Authority Peshala Jayaratne and a group of representatives from the Gem and Jewellery industry were also present on this occasion.


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