Botswana's Diamonds: a special half day event.
Diamonds are Botswana's largest industry, contributing thirty three percent of the country's GDP. With the opening of Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) on 18th of March 2008, Botswana is set to have one of the world's largest and most sophisticated diamond sorting and valuing operations. The creation of a new layer of diamond industry in Botswana should give rise to other satellite industries, including polishing and manufacturing. Together with ancillary services, such as finance/banking, security, etc it is anticipated that up to 3000 jobs will be created by 2010.
At this half day conference, CEO of De Beers Botswana, Sheila Khama, will be one of a panel of three Batswana women looking ahead to the opening of DTCB and examining what beneficiation means for their home country.
Alex Vines, Africa Programme, Chatham House
10.40 - Registration
11.00 - 12.00 Session 1: How will the initiative work for Botswana?
12.00 - 13.00 Session 2: What can the region learn from the Botswana initiative?
Post Conference Networking Reception 13.00 to 14.00