Mozam­bique seeks clear­ance to ex­port di­a­monds

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

THE Mozambican gov­ern­ment is seek­ing clear­ance to ex­port its newly-found di­a­monds from the Kim­ber­ley Process Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme (KPCS) amid re­ports that up to 34 in­ter­na­tional min­ing com­pa­nies have joined the coun­try’s di­a­mond ex­plo­ration rush.

Top Mozambican mines min­istry of­fi­cial Orde­lio De Sousa told di­a­mond news por­tal “Rough and Pol­ished” that the gov­ern­ment has li­censed sev­eral com­pa­nies to do di­a­mond ex­plo­ration fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of vast di­a­mond re­sources in the Gaza prov­ince last month.

De Sousa said the coun­try had re­ceived An­golan help to­wards the for­mal­i­sa­tion of the new di­a­mond min­ing in­dus­try, which in­cludes both al­lu­vial and un­der­ground min­er­al­i­sa­tion.

He said KPCS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was needed to al­low the com­pa­nies which had re­cov­ered di­a­monds to sell them to the global mar­ket.

“In the south­ern zone, they have found di­a­monds of good qual­ity. I have seen some of the di­a­monds found in this re­gion and in the north, some com­pa­nies have found kim­ber­lites, but they are yet to prove if they were eco­nom­i­cal to mine,” said De Sousa.

He said the gov­ern­ment had set up su­per­vi­sory agency to reg­u­late the di­a­mond busi­ness and es­tab­lished a lo­cal Kim­ber­ley Process Man­age­ment Unit. Lo­cal min­ing of­fi­cials had vis­ited Bel­gium, Namibia and An­gola for train­ing on how to reg­u­larise and se­cure the new di­a­mond trad­ing busi­ness.

How­ever, he said the coun­try could not de­clare the size of the di­a­mond re­source es­ti­mate for se­cu­rity rea­sons. — Min­ing­weekly

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