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HB Antwerp: Botswana agreement shows path to diamond, cobalt transparency

By David Whitehouse

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Posted on April 6, 2023 04:00


An agreement between Botswana’s government and HB Antwerp on diamond transparency has implications for cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rafael Papismedov, co-founder and managing partner of HB Antwerp, tells The Africa Report.

HB Antwerp, a Belgian company, was set up in April 2020 by three co-founders who believed that traditional diamond sales were based on “speculation” as miners did not know what the final value of their diamonds would be, Papismedov says.

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