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

Zim projects drop in illegal diamond mining activities

22 november 2019

Zimbabwe is anticipating a drop in illegal diamond mining activities in Marange ahead of a new partnership between the local community, Vast Resources and the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC).
Vast and the Chiadzwa community had already established a joint venture called Katanga, which is set to join hands with the state-owned diamond company.
ZCDC chief security officer Ellias Mvere was quoted by local media as saying that 3 259 illegal diamond miners were arrested between January and November this year with locals constituting 79% of the arrests.
High unemployment, poverty levels and hunger were cited by local traditional leaders as major reasons pushing people into illegal diamond mining activities.
Meanwhile, ZCDC acting chief executive Roberto De Preto said their partnership with Katanga is imminent.
"ZCDC want to form partnership with locals in the mining of diamonds and the agreement is expected to be signed by the end of the year,” he said.
“We are close to sign a joint venture to establish a company called Katanga which is a joint venture between locals and a British capital listed company Vast Resources."
This was the first time the community will become an active shareholder in the mining of diamonds in the country.
Zimbabwe produced 2,8 million carats in 2018.

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