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Angola says local diamond sector on the mend

04 december 2012

Angola’s Geology and Mining Minister, Francisco Queirós, said the country’s diamond sector is recovering from the global economic plunge of 2008 and the recent European debt crisis.
Angop news agency quoted the minister as saying during a Kimberley Process plenary session held recently in Washington D.C that Angola had been badly affected by both crises.
Recent KP trade figures showed that Angola produced 8.3 million carats in 2011 valued at $1.16 billion, or $139.60 per carat.
Angola's mining industry, which is dominated by diamond exploration and production, was forecast to grow by 3.1 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) this year in real terms before it accelerates to 4.2 percent y-o-y in 2013.
Fast Market research said in its third quarter report for the country’s mining industry that the rate of growth was expected to remain stable thereafter with diamonds providing the main thrust for production growth over the medium term.
Meanwhile, Queirós said that Angola had been involved in seven KP working groups set up to discuss technical issues related to the process.
“ [Working Groups are] an instrument that has proven to be very efficient and secure in terms of the industry and has contributed to the stability of the diamond market,” he said.

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