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diamonds to enter European market by December
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
October 30, 2013
diamonds could enter the European market by the end of this
year, following a meeting of high-level Belgium traders in Harare
at the weekend.
The delegation from the
Antwerp World Diamond Council met with Zimbabwe government officials
and stakeholders in the diamond sector, to discuss future trade
The meeting is the first
since targeted restrictive measures, in place against the state
run Zimbabwe Mining and Development Corporation (ZMDC) were lifted
by Europe in September.
The measures had been
imposed originally because of concerns that the ZMDC was financially
backing Zanu-PF’s campaign to cling to power in Zimbabwe.
There have also been
reports that indicate that the country’s diamonds were responsible
for financing a ‘parallel government’ in Zimbabwe, through
groups have raised concerns that diamond proceeds, which were never
remitted to the treasury, were used by Zanu-PF to
manipulate the July election.
These claims have been
ignored by Europe, with Belgium leading the push for the restrictive
measures to be removed from the ZMDC.
Following the weekend
meeting Harare, officials said that the first batch of Zimbabwe
diamonds were due to be sent to Belgium by the end of the year.
A ‘high powered’ Zim delegation is also set to visit
the diamond trading hub of Antwerp soon.
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