Semi-industrial and artisanal diamond mining targetted for regulation in Angola

22 August 2016

Angolan national diamond company Endiama is drafting regulationa for semi-industrial and artisanal diamond mining in order to legalise businesses that are already in operation, said the Director for ​​Geology.

Luis Kitamba said a few days ago in Dundo that there are over 50 companies in these conditions and said that drafting regulations responds to a request from the provincial government of Lunda Norte, intended to end clashes between security forces and companies with diamond concessions.

The regulations, the director told Angolan news agency Angop, allow the inclusion of young people in the businesses and to overcome the inadequacy of the process of grating licenses for artisanal mining, in terms of supervision of tax collection and combatting illegal diamond prospecting and trafficking, as the beneficiaries are nomadic.

The Endiama director, who was speaking at a multidisciplinary conference on the implementation of the Mining Code, said 13 semi-industrial diamond cooperatives had been approved, four of which in that province and fifty cases relating to artisanal mining. (macauhub/AO)