African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

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Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

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11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

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05 may 2020

No forced labour in Marange, US ‘ignorant’ – Zimbabwe

03 october 2019

zimbabwe_flag.pngZimbabwe has dismissed as “ignorance” the move by the US Customs and Border Protection to block rough diamond imports from Marange as they were produced with forced labour.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana said it is unfortunate that the US authorities have been misinformed or misled to believe that Zimbabwe is mining diamonds through forced labour.
“As a government we have a very strong revulsion towards any form of slavery or servitude,” he was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
“To even suggest that Zimbabwe has some form of corporate forced labor is either mischievous or simply ignorant.”
The US agency also detained gold from the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Bone black from Brazil, garments from China and rubber gloves from Malaysia.
Blue Nile, a US-based online jeweler, recently blacklisted diamonds from Zimbabwe due to alleged human rights abuses in Marange. 
Rights groups have been pushing for Zimbabwean diamonds to be classified as “conflict diamonds” and barred from world markets.  
The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) appealed to the United Nations last April to classify Zimbabwean stones as “blood diamonds”.   
Tiffany’s said at the time that it will not buy diamonds from Zimbabwe.   
State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company is planning to boost its output this year to 4.1 million carats from 2.8 million carats in 2018.

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