Mozambique mulls diamond mining   2013-08-27 17:16:18            

MAPUTO, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Resource-rich Mozambique is planning to join the regional bandwagon of diamond mining as a new source of growth, according to the state news agency AIM.

Minister of Mineral Resources Esperanca Bias proposed cooperation ideas to his Angolan counterpart who visited the Mozambican capital Maputo last week.

Bias said the Angolan knowledge would help his government to determine exactly where diamonds can be found and in what quantities.

Bias added that the government also wants to step up cooperation between public companies of the two countries in the diamond mining area.

The visit by Angola's Minister of Geology and Mines Manuel Queiroz is an opportunity to review progress since the two countries signed a cooperation agreement in mining and geology in 2007, AIM reported.

Angola is experienced in the training of skilled miners and Mozambique wishes to take advantage of that, the report quoted Bias as saying.

"We have a Mozambican team which will visit Angola in the coming months to discuss the Kimberley process with the Angolan institutions," Bias said.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, set up by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, aims to prevent "conflict (or blood) diamonds" from entering the international diamond market.

Under the scheme, all diamond exports should be accompanied by a Kimberly Process certificate declaring that no diamonds are imported from or exported to countries that are not members of the scheme.

The diamond sector plays an important role in southern African countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Mozambique, one of Africa's fastest growing economies in recent years, relies largely on the newly discovered coal and offshore gas reserves to attract crucial foreign investment.

Editor: Fu Peng
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