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Dominican Republic bans export of semiprecious stones larimar and amber

Santo Domingo.- The Energy and Mines Ministry  -MEM- will for the first time regulate exports of Dominican Republic’s semiprecious stones ambar and larimar, the latter found only in the Dominican Republic.

In a statement MEM said the measure seeks to develop micro, small and medium, handmade jewelry businesses as well as create formal jobs in the towns where they are mined.

It said Resolution R-MEM-REG-047-2016 bans the export of larimar in bulk and ambar in an integral state, with traces of impurities.

Energy and Mines minister Antonio Isa Conde said the priority is to regulate small-scale mining to exploit the riches it generates with the least possible harm to people and the environment.

The MEM has 1,200 registered larimar miners and  2,000 of amber and works to provide health insurance for small miners, as well as training to be competitive in the value chain.

Export of polished pieces

Isa said since October 21 the export of ambar and larimar is allowed only in separate and polished pieces. “Previously they were exported in their natural state, raw or semi-processed, creating distortions on the origin and the source of these stones in international destinations.”

Source: DT

Oct 31, 2016

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