Gemology and cutting centre starts operating in Mozambique

13 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Sept – the new National Centre for Gemology and Gem Cutting, set up by the Mozambican government in 2009 and headquartered in the city of Nampula, is due to start operating Monday, the director of the institution, João António, said at the weekend.

The launch of the new centre also coincides with the start of a professional training course for 25 operators, with mining licenses not only in Nampula province, but also in other parts of the country.

António told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that the start of activities to train operators, particularly those with licenses to sell the gems, would provide them with greater knowledge of the importance and value of the resources that they handle.

The centre, the main job of which will be professional training in the valuation, classification and certification of gemstones, aims to prevent the continual export of gemstones in the rough, of which Mozambique is one of the largest producers and exporters, especially of emeralds, rubies, sapphires and topaz.

“The lack of a gemstone cutting industry, of a workforce specialised in gemology and of a body to regulate the price and certify the gems has led to losses for the State,” said Luís Covane at the end of a meeting of the Council of Minsiters that approved the creation of the National Centre for Gemology and Gem Cutting. (macauhub)