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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...

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

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

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30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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Angolan Diamond Sector Threatened By Influx Of Illegal Congo Immigrants

07 august 2009

Floods of immigrants from the DRC are illegally entering Angola in search of its diamonds in its northern rivers to smuggle or sell on the black market, says the head of Angola's border police, Jorge Anutnes, Tacy reported.
Anutnes told Reuters that Angolan authorities captured and deported 10,000 illegal immigrants in July alone, and that the country's diamond sector is at risk of non-compliance unless the DRC government stops its own citizens from coming to Angola.
The immigrants, including women and children, are recovering from a 1998-2003 war that killed an estimated 5.4 million and are crossing into diamond- and oil-rich Angola in search of a better life, reports Reuters, which says that the DRC government does not seem to be providing enough - if any - recovery relief for its citizens.
In an effort to prevent further border crossings of illegal immigrants, Angolan troops have been preemptively going into DRC territory, much to the chagrin of DRC government. Human rights groups have also been alerted to the actions of the Angolan police and have reported various human rights abuses at the hands of the border police.
Antunes told Reuters that he is not aware of any human rights abuses committed by the Angolan police and that has appealed both for an expansion of his 7,000 strong force and cooperation from the DRC government.