Myanmar's jade industry is worth billions of dollars annually, and yet only a small fraction of its profits benefit the country's citizens. Meanwhile, the sector is responsible for environmental damage, corruption, conflict and social problems.
This booklet tells the story of Myanmar's jade industry from mine to market. Using photography and data visualizations, it sheds light on key aspects of an industry that has historically been shrouded in secrecy.
Specifically, the booklet answers the following questions:
- Where is jade mined?
- Who mines jade?
- What is the Myanmar Gems Enterprise?
- How many jade mining permits are there?
- Who are the ye ma say?
- How does the industry impact local communities?
- How is jade related to Myanmar's conflicts?
- How much revenue does the government earn from jade?
- Could the government earn more revenue from jade?
- Where is jade sold?
- Who buys jade?
- What is jade used for?