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Zimbabwe to start conglomerate diamond mining 

HARARE: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has commissioned a diamond crushing plant at Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), which will see the country migrating from alluvial to conglomerate diamond mining.
The plant and equipment were sourced from Belarus following initiatives by the president when he visited that country in 2015 as vice president, Herald reported today. “I am excited that this event marks a welcome turn of fortunes for the diamond industry in Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said. “It is a sign of reassurance that the investment the government made is creating the desired capacity to unlock maximum diamond value and its contribution to the socioeconomic development of our great country.”
The state-owned ZCDC is the sole company now mining diamonds in Chiadzwa in eastern Zimbabwe after the government in 2016 consolidated operations of seven independent firms that were operating in the area. The ZCDC is targeting an output of 3 million carats of diamonds in 2018, up from 1.56 million carats in 2017. The firm produced 2.4 million carats between January and October 2018, much higher than 1.8 million carats produced during the same period last year.

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.