De Beers and government ink 10-year diamond deal
The government and the De Beers Group of Companies this week signed a new 10-year sales agreement for the sorting, valuing and sales of Namdeb Holdings’ diamonds. The sales agreement is the longest ever signed between the two partners.
Namibia will see a significant increase in rough diamonds made available for beneficiation as a result of the agreement, with US$430 million of rough diamonds being offered annually to Namibia Diamond Trading Company customers.
As part of the agreement, all Namdeb Holdings’ Special Stones will be made available for sale in Namibia. In addition, the agreement provides for 15% of Namdeb Holdings´ run-of-mine production per annum to be made available to a Government-owned independent sales company called Namib Desert Diamonds.
Obeth Kandjoze, Namibia´s Minister of Mines and Energy, said, “This new agreement cements Namibia’s position as an important international diamond player and will provide further stimulus to advance our downstream industry. De Beers and Namibia have a long standing and successful partnership and I am pleased we will continue working together for the benefit of Namibia and the diamond industry.”
Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive Officer of the De Beers Group said, “This sales agreement – the longest ever between Namibia and De Beers, not only secures long-term supply for De Beers, but also ensures that Namibia´s diamonds will continue to play a key role in national socio-economic development long into the future. Diamonds can have a powerful and transformative effect on a country´s prospects when effectively managed and I commend our partners in Government for their vision regarding the role of diamonds in national development”.