Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...

25 october 2021

Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

11 october 2021

Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

04 october 2021

Work hard and you will find success

Eduard Utkin, Director General of the “Jewellers’ Guild of Russia” Association, expert of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Committee on Precious Metals and Precious Stones, told R&P about implementing the SIIS PMPS (State Integrated Information...

27 september 2021

Nigerian minister mulls death penalty for gold smuggling – report

17 september 2021
Nigeria’s deputy minister in charge of mines and steel development has called for the death penalty for gold smuggling in the West African country.
“It is important that government put stringent measures against those that are caught to be causing huge economic sabotage to the sector and the economy,” Bloomberg quoted Kelechi Ekugo as saying.
Lawmakers in Nigeria are investigating the alleged loss of $9-billion a year to illegal mining of gold in the country.
Ekugo said harsher punishments were needed to stop the loss of revenue due to gold smuggling.
Bloomberg quoted the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative as saying that the country has large deposits of gold, gemstones, zinc, iron ore, and lead, but these were being extracted on a small-scale basis.

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