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Zimbabwe said the country’s second diamond conference is expected to attract over 1,000 delegates, making it the largest diamond industry conference ever held in the southern African country.
The conference that would run from November 6 to 7 in Harare was organised by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Mines and Mining Development. The ministry’s permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga said Zimbabwe was pleased with the composition of delegates set to attend the conference.
"We have been delighted that all the ministers, industry organisation heads from around the world and representatives of the diamond pipeline have accepted our invitation to attend,” he said.
“We see this as a confirmation of the importance of Zimbabwe as the next great diamond resource.”
He said the aim of the conference was to discuss the different aspects of the diamond sector, looking at how they can mine in a more sophisticated and productive way; how to bring the benefits of diamond mining to a greater number of our citizens; and how to not just mine but cut and polish our diamonds and work according to international standards of transparency.
“We believe this conference will produce a huge store of information for visitors about our country's diamonds and can aid in mapping out a way forward for the benefit of our country," said Gudyanga.
The organisers also said that conference would present the progress made by the country's diamond industry following its admission as a member of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in 2011.
Meanwhile, the World Diamond Council (WDC) honorary president Eli Izhakoff said Zimbabwe and Africa’s time had come, adding that the degree to which the continent would be successful depended on how well and efficiently it manages its natural resources, including diamonds.
"I am delighted to be part of that process and am greatly confident of what can be achieved," he said.

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