The government has confirmed to the Diamond International and Tanzanite International companies that they will partner with them. This was announced on November 6, 2019, during the five-day tour by the company representatives in the country.
The tour by the two companies aimed to see how mining operations, production, value, mining activities and other issues related to tanzanite mining.
Speaking at a brief farewell ceremony held at KIA International Airport, Minister of Minerals Doto Biteko said that the previous major buyers of the tanzanite bought about 75 to 80 percent of the total output.
He added that the ministry, in turn, was pleased with the advent of the delegation as it was an opportunity that would help advertise tanzanite mining and its source and enable the nation to find more tanzanite buyers.
“We have found great people and they have promised to keep coming, this will help us find good buyers of tanzanite, they will help us advertise our mines.”
In addition, Minister Biteko said Tanzania is a safe country to invest in especially in the mining sector and they will continue to invite investors to invest in the country, including tanzanite buyers.
He has congratulated the Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association (TAMIDA) for enabling the international companies come to the country
TAMIDA Chairman Sam Mollel said they have found people who will stand with them in advertising the tanzanite gemstone, an issue that will also enable the demand and price of tanzanite to rise.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Ken Oschipok from Diamond International said it was his first time to come to Africa and was fascinated by the environment around Tanzanite, Tanzanian hospitality and promised to use the opportunity to provide education about the mineral.
In addition to visiting the tanzanite mines in Mirerani and experiencing the production of these minerals, the delegation also had the opportunity to visit the tourist attractions in the country.
The event was also attended by Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Anna Mhugwila, Secretary of the Ministry of Minerals Prof. Simon Msanjila, Director of Administration and Human Resources Issa Nchasi and senior officials of KIA Stadium.