These programmes include diamond sorting, valuing, cutting, polishing, marketing and retailing, as well as activities which are not specific to diamonds, such as IT, banking, security and transport.
Through our beneficiation strategy, the mining and trading of diamonds brings ancillary economic and social benefits to the countries where we mine. Key contributions include:
It's a process that requires cooperation from all parties - from governments creating a secure, enabling business environment; from diamond producers providing local access to appropriate rough diamonds, and from Sightholders' commitments to job creation, skills transfer and in-country operations.
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Key achievements include:
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In 2013 De Beers relocated all its rough diamond sales activity from London to Gaborone. The first international Sight took place in November 2013. A significant step toward establishing Botswana as a major diamond trading country will have been achieved with skills, investment and infrastructure coming together in southern Africa.
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