Namdia optimistic about 2018

Namib Desert Diamonds’ (Namdia) outlook for the Namibian diamond industry in 2018 is positive despite a few challenges.
In a media statement, Namdia Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Hamutenya said the industry remains firm despite challenges such as the long-term demand for natural diamonds in light of the introduction of man-made synthetic diamonds.
“We in Namibia stand strong on the evidence that we have some of the finest high quality gemstones in the world for which there will always be a demand”, he said.

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NAMDIA never sold a single stone undervalued or in Dubai – Hamutenya

Windhoek-Chief Executive Officer of Namib Desert Diamonds (NAMDIA), Kennedy Hamutenya, has rubbished allegations that the newly established company sold Namibian diamonds below market value.

NAMDIA was established in 2016 to trade Namibian rough diamonds directly in the international markets without using middlemen and not through De Beers, as is the case with the rest of the 85 percent of the diamonds marketed and sold through them.

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Namdia should have happened 20 years ago … An exclusive interview with Namdia CEO Kennedy Hamutenya

Since Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) was established by government in 2016 it has come under fire from various quarters. Critics of the new diamond trading entity, which was basically started to search for better prices for Namibia’s high-quality gem diamonds, have accused the company of selling the country’s diamonds for below market value and of selecting a valuation company with little to no experience in the industry. An alleged disagreement between the board and CEO Kennedy Hamutenya, and the mines ministry, also played out in the media as unsubstantiated reports of a power struggle ensued. This week New Era’s Senior Business Reporter, Edgar Brandt (EB), sat down for an exclusive interview with Hamutenya (KH) to clarify Namdia’s role in the market and to provide some insight on the alleged power struggles.

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