Minister of Mines Wilbur Simuusa last week suggested that Zambia has the capacity to earn about US$700 million from the precious stones market. That dwarfs any amount being collected currently from copper mining. In his words, "The gemstone sector can contribute about US$700 million if properly managed…Government will ensure that sanity is brought in the sector...We want to put the sector in motion. Firstly, there is need to revive the semi precious and precious stones association to boost growth of the sector..". For further discussion of the current problems facing the precious stones industry, see the first edition.