Myanmar gold exports could rise to 20 T in 2019 -industry official

Aug 4 (Reuters) – Myanmar could export as much as 20 tonnes of gold in 2019 after the Southeast Asian country earlier this year permitted exports of the precious metal for the first time in five decades, a senior industry official said on Saturday.

A pick-up in legal exports will reduce the smuggling of gold to India, China and Thailand, and allow Myanmar to earn revenue from the mining and refining of the metal, said Marcus Loke, senior consultant at Myanmar Gold Development Public Co Ltd, commercial arm of Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association.

“If everything goes well, Myanmar can export 10 to 20 tonnes of gold next year,” said Loke on the sidelines of the India International Gold Convention in the southern Indian city Kochi.

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