Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World...


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...

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Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

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25 november 2019

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

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18 november 2019

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

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11 november 2019

Angola rakes in $1.7 mln from semi-industrial diamond activities

21 november 2019

angola_flag.pngThe Angolan National Diamond Trading Company (Sodiam) sold diamonds worth $1.7 million from semi-industrial diamond activities between February and October this year, according to local media reports.
Endiama's mining geology administrator Ana Feijó was quoted by Angop as saying that only 10 cooperatives produced diamonds during the period under review.
These include Campo Sunjige, Queen Nzinga Mbandi and Chitengue Chalanja.
He said of the 266 cooperatives in the country, 234 were dormant.
Angola seized 32,000 carats of diamonds since September 2018 from illegal miners when it launched its transparency operation.
It also granted 268 mining concessions since the beginning of the operation.
Meanwhile, Feijó said 3,097 jobs were created as a result of the re-organisation of the semi-industrial diamond exploration activities in the country.
Angola produced about 9 million carats of diamonds and is planning to boost output to 14 million carats by 2022.

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