Namibia urges African diamond producers to promote small players

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Sharon Kavhu 

Windhoek - Namibian Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga on Monday urged African diamond producers to formalise artisanal and small-scale diamond miners to maximise benefits from the sector.

She said this during the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) 6th Ordinary Experts meeting in Windhoek.

“The ASM operates under an informal system and is presented with challenges that escape internal controls of the Kimberly Process.  This necessitates the need for integrating the alluvial, artisanal and small-scale diamond sectors into formal economies in order to optimise benefits accruing from this sector,” she said.

She said the ASM sectors represents nearly 25 percent of the world’s rough diamond trade.

Shilunga said the strategy is in line with the African Mining Vision of advocating for mineral beneficiation, to contribute towards industrialisation in order to benefit local economies.

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