The state-owned National Diamonds Company (ENDIAMA) will organise on 20-21 June, in Luanda, an international conference to mark 100 years since the discovery of the first diamonds in Angola.
The event has the objective to present to participants the national
diamonds potentials, attract investments, reflect on the past and
present, as well as put the coming future into perspective.
For two days, the event will discuss issues related to the diamonds
industry and jewellery, prospecting, research, production, trade,
polishing and the international market prices of diamonds.
Divided in three sessions, the conference will have as main speakers
the South African minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, the
Mining ministers of Zimbabwe and D.R Congo, respectively Obert Moses
M'pofu and Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, and the chairman of the Kimberley
process, Welile Nhlapo.
ANGOP has learnt that there will be also interventions from the
chairpersons of the World Diamonds Council, Industrial Association of
Diamonds, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Dubai Stock Exchange, and Diamonds
Bank of Antwerp, respectively Eli Izhakoff, Maxim Shkadov , Qiang Lin,
Peter Meeus e Pierre De Bosscher.
During the meeting, the Angolan ministers of Economy and Geology and
Mining, Abrahão Gourgel and Francisco Queiróz respectively, as well as
the governors of the north-eastern Lunda Norte Province, Ernesto
Muangala, and the eastern Lunda Sul Province, Cândida Narciso, who are
to present their communications on the minerals potential of their
The event is to be attended by 700 national participants linked to
various sub-sectors of the diamonds area and other minerals, as well as
100 international personalities.
Meanwhile, on June 20 there will be the signing of an agreement
between Endiama and the Russian Alrosa company. The agreement will
enable the implementation of a research work that will help to find out
with accuracy which kimberlites gave origin to the Angolan diamonds.
In Angola, the diamonds production in 2012 reached eight million
carats which enabled to yield a revenue of about 10 billion Kwanzas.
Last year, the country was also the world's fourth greatest producer of
diamonds and second in Africa, after Botswana.