2017 Diamond conference set for next week

The 2017 instalment of the Diamond Conference has been confirmed for the 7th of November.

With a keen interest in the key trends vital for sustainable growth within the diamond sector, the conference has invited a sparkling array of speakers to present on specific insights into the diamond industry.

The speakers will delve into thought leadership and share perspectives on matters that have a direct and indirect impact on the industry’s sustainability.

During last year’s conference, which was officiated by Botswana Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, it was established that all players in the diamond value chain need to be innovative in their business planning.

Challenges discussed included the shift in marketing opportunities for diamonds stemming from augmented retail experiences as well as that of reaching today’s consumer.

These challenges were seen to require agile audience appropriate marketing strategies.

Other topics deliberated included the future of financing, industry efficiency and changing consumer trends, the changing landscape of consumer demand, provenance and transparent supply chains as well as taking a closer look at successful models of Public-Private Partnerships.

The Vice President had said the 2016 conference presented an opportunity to assess the diamond sector and Botswana’s development agenda for the future.

“The theme ‘Beyond Tomorrow’, challenges us, a country that has been mining diamonds for over four decades, to be more vigilant, innovative and visionary,” he had said.

At the conference, the then Acting Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Nonofo Molefhi noted that the Government were committed to helping the diamond industry prosper despite the challenges facing manufacturers in the country.

“Some of the government initiatives geared towards improving the business environment are the minerals policy review and regular engagement with stakeholders,” he was quoted as saying.

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