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AN ESTIMATED 65% OF THE WORLD'S DIAMONDS COME FROM AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

The majority of today's diamonds are sourced from Africa, Canada, Russia, Australia and South America. When measured by value, Botswana is the biggest producer of diamonds in the world. Other African countries that produce diamonds and are Kimberley Process compliant include:

  • Angola
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa

Countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia rely on diamonds, as a major natural resource, to benefit their populations. In these countries, the revenues from diamonds play a pivotal role in helping to build hospitals, provide education and build infrastructure. Revenues from diamonds from some African countries are also being used in their fight against HIV/AIDS.

Revenue from diamonds has an increased importance in helping previously war-torn countries establish economic stability. Countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia are now at peace and starting to use revenues from rough diamond exports to rebuild their economies and infrastructures.

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Fact #1: An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.
Fact #2: Conflict diamonds have been reduced from 4% to considerably less than 1%...
Fact #3: An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.
Fact #4: The diamond mining industry generates over 40% of Namibia's annual export earnings.
Fact #5: Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education...
Fact #6: In July 2000, the global diamond industry announced its zero-tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds...
Fact #7: Sierra Leone is now at peace and exported approximately $125 million diamonds in 2006.
Fact #8: Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India.
Fact #9: Approximately $8.5 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries.
Fact #10: More than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict free sources...
Fact #11: The Diamond Development Initiative was established to improve...
Fact #12: The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS...
Fact #13: Under the Kimberley Process, rough diamonds can only be exported and imported when accompanied by a certificate...
Fact #14: The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program...
Fact #15: An estimated 65% of the world's diamonds come from African countries.
Fact #16: Today, 74 governments...
Fact #17: The diamond industry has introduced a system to help give greater assurances to retailers...
Fact #18: Diamonds account for 33% of the GDP...
Fact #19: Major world leaders - including Nelson Mandela - have cited the importance of diamonds...
Fact #20: It is estimated that one million people work in the informal (astisanal) alluvial diamond digging sector.
Fact #21: Some diamond producing countries are not Kimberley Process compliant.
Fact #22: In November 2007, 74 governments, leading NGOs, and the World Diamond Council agreed...
Fact #23: At the 2006 Kimberley Process Plenary, the industry committed funds and resources to address challenges...
Fact #24: In August 2007 Turkey was welcomed as a participant in the Kimberley Process.
 
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