Training in diamond valuation is key for artisanal miners

Ian Rowe, the Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) was appointed in September 2019, having joined DDI as Deputy Executive Director a year earlier. Ian managed field operations in Sierra Leone within this role and led...

02 december 2019

Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

At the V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in early September in Vladivostok, the Yakut company SAYBM signed a tripartite agreement with two agencies - the Far Eastern agency and the regional one - for attracting investments and providing export...

25 november 2019

We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic...

18 november 2019

De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment...

05 november 2019

Angola rakes in $601 mln from H1 diamond sales

08 august 2019

Angola has raked in $601.4 million from 4.1 million carats sold in the first half of 2019, according to local reports citing data from the national diamond trading company of Angola, SODIAM.
The volume of diamonds sold during the period under consideration eased 4,2% compared to the same period, a year earlier.
Secretary of State for Mines Jânio Correia Victor said the decline was caused by Catoca, which failed to offer its diamonds during the month of April for sell due to operational reasons.
However, revenue jumped 3,9% compared to the first half of 2018.
Angola produced 9.4 million carats worth $1.2 billion in 2018.
The country intends to extend its annual production to 14 million carats.

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