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New Botswana Diamond Contract Will Increase the Income of Africa

2005: New Botswana Diamond Contract May Stable the Diamond Industry in Africa

April 2005

Botswana's newly-negotiated mining leases with
diamond giant De Beers will earn the African country about $113.5 million a year for their 25-year duration, according to a Reuters report.

Botswana, the world’s largest rough diamond producer by value, extended leases late last year on the four diamond mines operated by Debswana, its 50-50 joint venture with De Beers. It is expected to sign a detailed agreement by mid-2005 establishing a local sales unit to promote local cutting and polishing of raw stones.

Diamonds are the main component of Botswana's economy, accounting for about a third of gross domestic product and nearly half of government revenues. Debswana expects output in 2005 to match its production in 2004.


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