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GOLDNET.MARKET - “We want and are working to provide business with the opportunity to develop a lot of activity areas”

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Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

Peter Meeus set to advise Angola on diamond mining reform – report

04 june 2020

Belgian consultant Peter Meeus, who owns PME Consulting, is negotiating with the Angolan government to help the southern African country reform its diamond mining sector, according to a news report.
Africa Intelligence reports that Angola was hoping Meeus will “fine-tune” its diamond policy as it goes ahead with a “wide-ranging” reform of the mining industry, in which diamonds are the main component.
Angolan leader João Lourenço, who replaced long-time ruler Jose Eduardo dos Santos as President, ordered the state-run diamond companies Endiama and Sodiam to revise their policies to the benefit of the country and private companies.
He said in 2018 that Angola had not been able to benefit properly from its diamond resources as a result of policies that stifled growth, but wants that to change as well.
The Angolan government introduced a new diamond trading policy in 2018, which abolished preferred customers and implemented new ways of selling diamonds such as the systems of sale by contracts (sights), tenders and spot.  
Endiama is now focused on diamond exploration and mining, while Sodiam handles diamond sales. 

Luaxe Diamond Mine                                                                                                               Image credit: Endiama

Meeus started his career in the diamond industry in 1990 as diamond broker for Bonas Couzijn NV and moved up to become director of the Beurs voor Diamanthandel in 1992.
He also served as managing director of HRD from 1999 till 2005. 
Since 2006, he was active as special advisor diamonds to the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and also served as Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange. 
He has been an independent consultant to the diamond industry with a focus on Asia, the Middle East and Africa since 2018. 
Through his company, Meeus has developed a business plan allowing HRD to grow its business.

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