Oriental Mining SARL ("Oriental")
Gemfields owns 100% of Oriental Mining SARL, a company incorporated in Madagascar. Oriental has 15 exploration licences covering emeralds, rubies, sapphires, tourmalines and garnets in the Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa and Toliara provinces of Madagascar. In addition, Oriental has the right to five further exploration licences that are pending transfer approval from the Madagascan Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Madagascar is recognised as one of the most exciting coloured gemstone provinces in the world, with several key discoveries made during the last decade. Gemfields believes that, in the medium to long term, gemstone-related activity in the country has the potential to become a valuable part of the Group's asset portfolio. Given Madagascar's improving political and security environment, Gemfields has begun to increase its level of in-country focus.