Zimbabwe Readying Diamond Polishing Center

01/09/2015 09:59

The Zimbabwe Diamond Technology Centre (ZDTC) - featuring $1 million worth of new laser technology from Indian firm Sahajanand - will soon offer cutting and polishing training to the southern African region as the company seeks to promote local value addition of diamonds across African producers. ZDTC chairman Lovemore Kurotwi told journalists, "I have signed a memorandum of understanding with some southern African countries. Botswana will send their people for training... In future, we will have diamonds from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana and Zimbabwe here for polishing and cutting.” More machinery is expected depending on a consistent supply of rough diamond.

Kurotwi said government should facilitate the purchase of diamonds by local players as the current system was hampering consistent supply of diamonds for cutting and polishing. Kurotwi said there was no justification of exporting unpolished diamonds, which robbed the country of the most desired liquidity and employment creation.