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sexta-feira, 27 de junho de 2014

Magnata israelita Lev Leviev autorizado a vender em mercado livre diamantes angolanos

O empresário israelita Lev Leviev chegou a acordo com o governo angolano para poder vender em mercado livre os diamantes que extrai da mina de Luminas. Quinto produtor mundial, Angola terá vendido mais de mil milhões de dólares de diamantes em 2012. Angola terá uma reserva de diamantes calculada em 200 milhões de carates, sendo ultrapassada apenas pelo Canadá, África do Sul e Rússia nesse potencial mineiro.

Lido no IDEX online (artigo de Albert Robinson)

Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev has reached an agreement with Angolan authorities that will enable him to charge more for diamonds he mines in the country, according to people with knowledge of the deal.

Leviev will be able to sell stones from his Luminas mine on global markets instead of at a discount to specified Chinese and Dubai traders, said the sources, Bloomberg reported.

The deal may allow Leviev to raise prices by as much as 50 percent, according to two of the people with whom the agency spoke. Stones from Catoca, the world’s fourth-biggest mine, are sold through Angola’s Sodiam state marketing unit to preferred buyers at an average of about $100 a carat, while they can fetch about $150 on the world diamond market, the sources said.

A spokeswoman for Leviev Group declined to comment. Antonio Freitas, a spokesman for Angola’s state-owned diamond company Endiama EP in Luanda, and Ari de Almeida, commercial director for Sodiam, didn’t respond to e-mailed requests for comment, Bloomberg reported.

Angola is among the five largest diamond producing countries by value, with sales of more than $1 billion in 2012. The country has been taking steps to encourage foreign investors to explore and mine diamonds.

Angolan law requires diamond miners to establish operations together with state-owned diamond company Endiama and then sell rough goods via Endiama subsidiary Sodiam.

The 2013 Bain & Co. report estimated Angola’s diamond reserves at around 200 million carats. Only Canada, South Africa and Russia have more.

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