The Angola Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas says the inaugural Angola International Diamond Conference (AIDC) will be held from November 25 to 27, in Saurimo, the capital of the Lunda Sul province.
The AIDC will include the participation of Mining Ministers from the main African diamond-producing nations, leaders of diamond companies and national and international experts in the industry, as well as businesspersons and entrepreneurs committed to the country’s strategy of diversification, integration and general economic growth.
The AIDC will focus on themes related to geological mining research, diamond exploration (from semi-industrial to primary and secondary deposits) in Angola, the current status and prospects for cutting and polishing in Angola, technological and logistical innovation and the financing of diamond projects.
Angola Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas Minister Diamantino Pedro Azevedo says the international conference is an opportunity for different operators to do business with companies and agents in the Angolan industry.
The conference will be held at the premises of the Saurimo Diamond Development Hub, which was inaugurated by Angola President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenҫo on August 27.
The Saurimo Diamond Development Hub integrates all participants in the diamond industry – including participants from the public and private sector – under a single project.
“With an industrial area made up of factories, processing facilities and multi-sector offices, the hub is committed to increasing its cutting and polishing capacity from 2% to 20%, adding value to the diamond value chain in the country,” explains Azevedo.