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CAR’s decline in diamond production blamed on fraud, other factors

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The Central African Republic’s diamond production dipped from 66,000 in 2017, to 10,000 carats in 2018, according to information from the Ministry of Mines.

Several causes are attributed to this decline in CAR’s rough diamond production in 2018.

There is still fraud in the country’s diamond sector because many productions escape the normal diamond sales channel.

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Diamonds produced more particularly in the western part of CAR, according to Kimberley Process requirements, crosses the border illegally to be sold on the Cameroonian or Chadian market, for example.

Added to this is the insecurity that prevents artisanal miners from working regularly in diamond yards.

Diamonds from eastern Central Africa considered by the Kimberley Process to be a source of conflict are banned for export.

However, monitoring of eastern diamond production is not so effective that production still finds itself on the international market.

– APA

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