Zimbabwean diamonds continue to dominate the international market, with the Kimberly Process (KP) reporting that the country is now the world’s fifth largest pro¬ducer.
In its 2011 report, the KP said local diamond production continued to surge despite major declines in several top producing countries.
The KP report also indicated that the eco¬nomic sanctions imposed by the
“This confirms the previously published reports citing some sources to the effect that because of an unclear legal status of diamonds coming from Zimbabwe, this country sold them low to get at least some money.
The report further states that Russia was the top producer after increasing rough diamond production by 0,8 percent to 35,1 million carats followed by Botswana which churned out 22,9 million carats, an increase of 4 per¬cent.
In third position is the Democratic Republic of Congo followed by
The two recorded a 13 percent and 8,8 per¬cent decline in production, respectively.
Mines and Mining Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu said the rankings in the KP report were a clear indication that diamonds mined in Marange were satisfying world demand.
“We were recently given certification by the KP (to export diamonds), but we have already shaken the world market both in terms of pro¬duction and demand,” he said.
“Our gems are a force to reckon with. If we had not been hindered in selling our diamonds in the past years by the West, we could be one of the top countries in the world in terms of dia¬mond production.”
Dr Mpofu added: “If you look at the price of our diamonds captured in the KP report, one can easily see that we are selling the diamonds at a low price as a result of the sanctions that have been imposed on our diamond compa¬nies.
“It has become difficult for our diamond-producing companies in Chiadzwa to sell their gems despite the KP certification.” Herald