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

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

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

23 august 2021

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

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

16 august 2021

Equatorial Guinea on its way to economic diversification

04 february 2014

An unprecedented event is taking place in Equatorial Guinea to enable international investors, in particular mid-market players, to discover extensive investment opportunities in the country. The two-day symposium, “Emerging Equatorial Guinea” on economic diversification scheduled for February 3-4, has acquired distinction of a Central African Davos by the scope of problems discussed by its participants.
It has gathered private sector executives, financiers, industry experts, as well as global economic development institutional representatives, government experts in Malabo to examine concrete investment and economic development possibilities in the five strategic sectors defined by the Equatorial Guinean Strategic Plan for Industrialization (PEGI 2020).
The symposium’s key ambition is indeed to bring forth the Equatoguinean Government’s critical priority: the country’s economic diversification beyond the oil and gas sector, through an efficient investment and development program. In his address to the participants Mr. Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, Minister of Mining, Industry and Energy,  said his country's activity henceforth would be focused on exploration for diamonds and gold and not only on oil and gas.
Organized by the government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the event presents the international business community with opportunities in the 5 strategic sectors that include: Agriculture/Animal Ranching; Fisheries; Petrochemicals & Mining; Tourism and Financial Services.
To ensure relevant discussions, the program is structured around the four key phases of the investment process (Vision, Context, Strategy and Implementation) and includes: an official presentation of the overall national strategy to develop a sustainable industrial policy and the country’s economic perspectives, best practices and experience sharing sessions, interactive discussion groups with one dedicated session for each of the 5 strategic sectors to define tangible opportunities, prospects and solutions in each of the strategic sectors.
The Forum is to be concluded with the signing of concrete Memorandums of Understanding between global companies and local counterparties.

Alexander Shaburkin, Rough&Polished, Malabo