“The MDB was established to provide loans for developing technologies in the extraction of gems and minerals and production of finished products,” said U Ohn Win, Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, during the opening ceremony.
The main aim of the MDB is help SMEs in the gem, mineral and gold sectors to transition from the selling raw stones and minerals to developing value-added products for sale
“Our country needs to move up the value chain into finished products. The MDB will start from assisting and providing financing to those who are running their own businesses,” U Yone Mu said.
As there are many SMEs involved in the sector, the ministry has a vested interest in developing and driving growth in the sector, he added.
For the right to handle foreign currency, the MDB will apply for a license from the CBM three months after the bank’s opening. To qualify for the license, the MDB must show US$5 million in capital. If approved, the bank will also offer services to sellers at international gem expos, said U Yone Mu.
The opening of the MDB comes as the annual Gems Emporium is taking place in Nay Pyi Taw. So far, a total of 50 gem lots have been sold, fetching a total of K795 million. The emporium will continue until Saturday.
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