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Diamond Beneficiation Pitso Runs April 4

Mar 29, 2011 12:17 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Three prominent Botswana organizations, together with International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) and its members, will be hosting a "Diamond Beneficiation Pitso" on the first day of the annual IDMA presidents meeting in Gaborone, which runs from April 4 through April 7.  A "pitso" in local language is essentially a stakeholder's round table or forum.

The objective of the pitso to be held on April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be to conduct an intensive discussion on measures and policies that will create the greatest domestic value and opportunities for the Batswana people through diamond beneficiation.
IDMA stated that the pitso will be attended by key government officials and Botswana business leaders, professionals involved in diamond beneficiation, opinion-makers and policy-makers, as well as a group of foreign diamond manufacturers. Organizers expect some 250 people will be in attendance at the Grand Palm Casino and Convention Resort in Gaborone.

The Diamond Beneficiation Pitso will be co-hosted by the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA), the Botswana Diamond Hub, IDMA and the Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association (BDMA).

The pitso will be co-moderated by Letsema Mbayi, a researcher and doctoral student, and  commentator Chaim Even-Zohar. Main participants at the event include: His Honor, the acting Vice President of  Botswana, Dr. P.H.K. Kedikilwe; Varda Shine, chief executive of the Diamond Trading Company;  Keith Jefferis, Bank of Botswana's  ex-deputy governor; Tebogo Seleka, managing director of BIDPA; Roman Grynberg, a professor for BIDPA; and others.
Moti Ganz, president of the IDMA, stated that he expects "frank and passionate" discussions during the pitso.  "One of the specific topics I hope that we will discuss in Gaborone is how beneficiation can become a good business model in the diamond supply pipeline and how it can be sustained economically on the long term, serving the interests of  all parties involved," said Ganz.


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