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Lucapa to become a niche diamond company, says Wetherall

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Diamond Exchanges promote healthy development of the diamond industry, besides safe and basic infrastructures for diamond trade

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ALROSA increased physical sales in H1 2107

20 october 2017

This was announced yesterday by the company's president Sergey Ivanov at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev in Yakutsk, according to a statement released by the press service at the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The increase was possible due to an improved situation in the diamond market in the first half of 2017.
Touching upon the measures to support the Russian diamond-cutting industry, Yury Trutnev said that this could be done at the expense of a portion of ALROSA's dividends, an issue to be analyzed with a view to reduce their amount and carry out these measures at this expense. At the same time, he noted that the government does not plan to support the manufacturing sector at the expense of ALROSA as such. "We do not want the company to reduce the efficiency of its activities, thereby developing other industries," Trutnev said, noting that the support given to the diamond cutting industry pursues the aim to increase the added value from diamond processing in Russia, in particular in Yakutia and the Far East.
According to the press service statement, ALROSA Group boosted diamond output by 2.4 million carats in the first half of 2017 versus one year ago in line with the Group’s production targets. The Group’s operations decreased their overall debt burden by 40.7% in the period under review.
ALROSA Group’s strategic action plan for 2017 covers such areas as the reorganization of the company's housing and communal services and its diamond manufacturing operations, as well as the development of its mineral resource base in the most promising areas of Yakutia. In addition, ALROSA is working on a Concept for the Development of the Aikhal Mining Division for a long-term perspective.
The meeting was also attended by Yegor Borisov, Head of Yakutia; Alexander Osipov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East; and Alexey Moiseev, Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation.

Theodor Lisovoy, Rough&Polished, Moscow

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