Namib Desert Diamonds (Pty) Ltd (Namdia), a 100% wholly owned Namibian rough diamond sales and marketing company, last week hosted an Angolan energy and mining industry delegation to its headquarters.
The Namdia visit formed part of the delegation spearheaded by Angola’s Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas Diamantino Pedro Azevedo to his Namibian counterpart, mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo.
Accompanying Azevedo to Namdia was Angola’s Ambassador to Namibia Jovelina Imperial e Costa, as well as various mining and energy executives and members from Namibia’s mines and energy ministry, such as Diamond Commissioner Miina Aune Gahutu.
During their visit, the delegation met with Namdia’s board and executives, toured its diamond facilities and gained insight into the company’s strategic objectives and operations.
The visit presented a platform to gain knowledge about Namibia’s diamond industry, Namdia’s operations, including its commitment to sustainability and community impact programme.
The visit provided the delegation with an opportunity to establish formal business relationships and laid the ground for future corporation.
Additionally, the parties explored possible future strategic synergetic linkages that could benefit the respective companies and nations in the long-term, particularly through the sharing of diamond infrastructure.
“We are delighted to welcome the Angolan delegation to Namdia,” said Bryan Eiseb, Namdia board chairperson.
“The visit will provide both nations an opportunity to explore possible linkages that could strengthen relations and offer a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise,” he added.
Namdia CEO Alisa Amupolo during a company overview presentation expressed Namdia’s enthusiasm to establish formal relations with Angolan companies, and highlighted the potential Namibia and Angola have in promoting the region’s unique diamonds to generate even greater value for Namibia and Angola as alluvial producing countries.
ENDIAMA E.P. is the national diamond company of Angola, and it is the exclusive concessionaire of mining rights in the domain of diamonds, while SODIAM E.P., Angola’s state-owned national diamond trading company, oversees controlling and supervising the purchase, sale and import/export of diamonds in Angola.
Azevedo expressed profound commitment to Angola’s mining and honed in on the diamond industry’s potential.
“Our natural resources are not a curse. It is only a curse if it is used incorrectly or not used at all. I believe our region’s natural resources have the potential to put our nations on the global map and opportunities abound. If we work together with our people and collaborate with our neighbours, we will achieve great things.”
Namdia has a long-standing commitment to establishing a permanent footprint in the global diamond industry and is also committed to exploring sustainable strategic collaborations aimed at bolstering its strategic objectives.
“The visit by the Angolan diamond delegation is a testament to Namdia’s reputation as a leader in its sector. The company looks forward to building a strong relationship with the delegation and continuing to prioritise sustainable practices in its business model optimisation as it ventures into its new expanding horizons,” read a Namdia statement.