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...

09 december 2019

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

Use it or lose it, Angola warns diamond exploration licence holders

22 november 2019

angola_flag.pngAngola has warned artisanal and semi-industrial diamond mining cooperatives that they will lose their exploration licences if they remain inactive for more than six months.
“Withdrawal of licenses is the solution if the decisions issued by the ministry are not followed,” Angolan secretary of state for geology and mines Jânio Correia Victor was quoted as saying by Macauhub.
Cooperatives will be now expected to make use of their exploration licences within six months of the issuance of the licence or risk cancellation.
They are also expected to send their monthly business activity reports to the Office for Semi-Industrial Exploration, as well as adopting measures to eliminate illegal mining and diamond smuggling.
Cooperative production was 24,766 carats between February and October 2019.
The sector produced 212,544 carats in 2018 compared with 465,122 carats in 2017.

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