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DIAMONDS ACCOUNT FOR 33% OF THE GDP (APPROXIMATELY $3.3 BILLION) OF BOTSWANA. SINCE INDEPENDENCE IN 1966, THE YEAR BEFORE DIAMONDS WERE DISCOVERED IN BOTSWANA, GDP ANNUAL GROWTH RATE AVERAGED 7%.

Diamond Facts -- Fact 18As Festus Mogae, the democratically elected President of Botswana, said, "For our people, every diamond purchase represents food on the table; better living conditions; better healthcare; potable and safe drinking water; more roads to connect our remote communities; and much more." Over the past 25 years, Botswana has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world and diamonds are continuing to contribute to a sustainable future for Botswana.

Approximately 25% of the labor force in Botswana are directly or indirectly linked to diamonds, and this figure is set to rise. United in a common goal, the government of Botswana and the diamond industry are setting up local cutting and polishing industries to increase the country's share of the values added from diamonds, which will boost the economy further and directly benefit the people of Botswana. Training and equipping people from Botswana in skilled jobs is enabling long-term sustainable work for these individuals.

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  • Minister M.C Tibone, Minister of Minerals, 19 October 2006
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Fact #2: Conflict diamonds have been reduced from 4% to considerably less than 1%...
Fact #3: An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.
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Fact #6: In July 2000, the global diamond industry announced its zero-tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds...
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Fact #8: Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India.
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Fact #10: More than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict free sources...
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Fact #14: The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program...
Fact #15: An estimated 65% of the world's diamonds come from African countries.
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Fact #17: The diamond industry has introduced a system to help give greater assurances to retailers...
Fact #18: Diamonds account for 33% of the GDP...
Fact #19: Major world leaders - including Nelson Mandela - have cited the importance of diamonds...
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Fact #21: Some diamond producing countries are not Kimberley Process compliant.
Fact #22: In November 2007, 74 governments, leading NGOs, and the World Diamond Council agreed...
Fact #23: At the 2006 Kimberley Process Plenary, the industry committed funds and resources to address challenges...
Fact #24: In August 2007 Turkey was welcomed as a participant in the Kimberley Process.
 
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