Peshawar: As per the latest news, to promote the mineral sector, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa approved the establishment of a gemstone laboratory as well as technical training and certification center on Monday.

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According to a statement released here, the decision was made at a meeting of the Mineral Investment Facilitation Authority, which was chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

The meeting was told that private sector companies would be hired to set up a laboratory to develop technological and professional expertise for processing raw gemstones and turning them into processed branded products for international distribution.

The planned centre-cum-laboratory will be established at Hayatabad’s current mineral testing laboratory site.

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The center will provide international-level training in gemstone processing and certification.

The forum addressed mining activities in areas designated as guzara forests and agreed to form a committee chaired by the additional chief secretary to investigate the situation and make recommendations for supervised mining activities in these areas.

Members of the committee will be administrative secretaries from the mineral, forest, law, and tourism departments.

On the occasion, Mahmood Khan said that protecting forests and increasing forest cover to the highest level was one of his government’s top priorities. He also emphasized the importance of using mineral resources without endangering forests.

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