Botswana's diamond industry is joining forces with the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) to promote awareness of its manufacturing activity.
The country is the world's second biggest diamond producer, after Russia. The Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association (BDMA) helps manufacturers develop their businesses.
The partnership aims to raise awareness of Botswana's diamond industry across global markets. Diamonds generate over 80 percent of Botswana's foreign exchange earnings and almost half of its government revenue. According to De Beers, the diamond industry directly accounts for one in 20 jobs in the country.
David Kellie, CEO, NDC, said, “Botswana represents a crucial location within the natural diamond industry. We look forward to this partnership allowing us to more widely share the values of the Botswana diamond industry with the world. Just last year, we visited with our global ambassador, Lily James, where we saw first-hand the impact of the diamond manufacturers by bringing skills and employment to Botswana, particularly for young people and people with disabilities.”
Siddarth Gothi, Chairman, BDMA, said, “With so many stakeholders and industry powerhouses coming together to invest strategically in the industry, we want to make sure that Botswana’s diamond manufacturing expertise is being shared around the world and we feel that Natural Diamonds Council can do just that. We have worked with De Beers and other large NDC members for years and are excited to take this next step in strengthening this industry relationship.”
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