Botswana`s President: We will become a Polishing Center like Antwerp, Jerusalem and Mombai
source: World Diamond News
By: Tali Ayalon-Metser, Rachel Lieberman
23.10.07, 12:02 / World
Botswana’s President Festus Mogae stated in a special interview with Mining Weekly that his country aspires to become a polishing center like Antwerp, Jerusalem or Mumbai.
He noted that 16 companies have received polishing licenses and six are already active in the country. He noted that the remaining companies will activate their facilities within three years.
The President noted that Botswana does not require companies to polish diamonds locally even if they were acquired there, but it asks the diamond companies to polish at least part of [continue reading]