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Valuable Minerals Will Be unearthed: Nepal’s PM Oli

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that government had paid attention to unearth, process and export the valuable minerals.

Inaugurating the Nepal International Gems and Jewelry Expo-2019 organized jointly by the Department of Mines and Geology and the Federation of Nepal Gold and Silver Dealers’ Association in the capital city today he said the valuable minerals which were left unused for lack of knowledge will be identified and capitalized.

“The gem stones found in country’s hilly region needs refining. It is not necessary to export invaluable things, but can be used ourselves,” PM Oli said, adding that the excavation of such minerals would generate employments and prop up national economy.

PM Oli reminded that the policy and programme the government brought recently has given importance to the excavation and processing of the gem stones. It would be addressed by the coming budget as well, he added.

Similarly, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply, Matrika Prasad Yadav, said that national goal of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ could be materialized with the joint efforts of government and private sectors.

Ministry Secretary Yam Kumari Khatiwada said that the government has made preparation to establish a gems and jewelry processing centre. She believed that the expo would help spread information about the originality, diversity and specialty of domestic gems and stones and related products in the international-level.

Likewise, Director General of the Department of Mines and Geology, Dr Somnath Sapkota, said the expo was organised with an objective of processing, promoting  gems and jewelry in the country. Sixty stalls of gems and jewelry related products are on display in the three-day expo.

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