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Any color diamond is a great investment

Bruno Scarselli belongs to the 3rd generation of the Scarselli family, which has for the last half-century been producing and selling some of the world’s highest quality yellow, blue and pink diamonds available on the market. Bruno heads the company...

20 november 2017

It’s crucial everybody feels confident that their suppliers use the System of Warranties - Stephane Fischler

The System of Warranties (SoW) in the diamond industry dates back to 2002, when the World Diamond Council (WDC) in team with the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association...

13 november 2017

IIDGR’s proprietary technology gives polished diamonds unique identity

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), a unit of the global diamond giant, De Beers, grades natural stones and is also using its proprietary inscription technology to inscribe a unique identification on tables of each...

07 november 2017

In future, only those who offer innovative designs will survive

A science graduate from Madras University, Srinivasan's one-man venture with just 10 employees launched in 1984 has now grown into the present Emerald Group, in about 3 plus decades. The Group from Southern India is one of the largest jewellery manufacturing...

30 october 2017

Conditions are still very difficult - Ernie Blom

Ernie Blom, the President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) for the third term, has served on a range of industry bodies as an executive as well as chairman for many years, including Chairman, Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa...

23 october 2017

De Beers, UN Women avail BWP8m for micro-entrepreneurs in Botswana

13 november 2017
De Beers and the United Nations (UN) Women have availed a three-year BWP8 million ($758 000) investment in capacity-building programmes to support women micro-entrepreneurs in select villages in the Okavango Delta and Kweneng District, Botswana.
The Okavango Delta and Kweneng District were some of the poorest and most remote areas of Botswana and were selected as the initial focus due to the strong potential to deliver tangible, positive outcomes that support entire communities through the increased economic empowerment of women micro-entrepreneurs.
“Botswana has achieved a huge amount of development through prudent use of diamond revenues, but challenges remain and programmes such as these can have a real and lasting positive impact,” said De Beers chief executive Bruce Cleaver in an announcement at the Women Summit in Gaborone, convened by the diamond group last Thursday.
“Advancing women’s economic empowerment in two of the most disadvantaged areas of Botswana will not only support the women micro-entrepreneurs that participate in the programmes, but also their communities through increased employment opportunities and skills development.”
UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office, representative Anne Githuku-Shongwe, said the initiative was in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 to ‘Leave No One Behind’, targeting one of the most marginalised communities in Botswana to invest in women’s economic empowerment and create long term sustainability for families in this region.
The programmes were part of De Beers’ three-year global partnership with UN Women and its commitment to stand with women around the world.
The group investing $3 million to advance women micro-entrepreneurs and STEM students in its diamond producing countries of Canada, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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