Inaugural Angola International Diamond Conference (AIDC) to take place in Saurimo, Lunda Sul from November 25-27, 2021


The first International Diamond Conference in Angola will be held from November 25 to 27, 2021, in Saurimo, capital of Lunda Sul province, the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas (MIREMPET) said.

The conference 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 businessmen and entrepreneurs committed to Angola’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, current status and prospects for cutting and polishing in Angola, technological and logistical innovations and the financing of diamond projects.

Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas, sees the international conference as an opportunity for different operators to do business with companies and agents in the Angolan industry.

The Angola International Diamond Conference will be held at the Saurimo Diamond Development Hub, inaugurated by Angola’s President, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenҫo on 27 August 2021, marking a milestone in Angola’s efforts to attract more significant investments and strengthen the role of mineral resources in the country’s development.

The Saurimo Diamond Development Hub integrates all participants in the diamond industry – including participants from the public and private sector – under a single project. In addition to the existing cutting and polishing plants in Angola, there is room for an additional 22, significantly increasing its capacity in this regard.

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, Minister Azevedo said.


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