Freetown doubles its efforts to promote diamond potential
Sierra Leone is willing to start analysis of its mineral resources to clarify a study carried out a few months ago and, more importantly, get back in touch with investors.
People living close to the Koidu diamond mine in Sierra Leone fear the dismissal of a domestic court case against Beny Steinmetz's company Octea, which they accuse of violence and pollution. A US court, however, has upheld their disclosure demands, while a separate case before an ECOWAS court is due out next year.
The ousting of President Alpha Condé by Col Mamady Doumbouya has not, as yet, affected the country's mining operations. In company headquarters, mining executives are waiting for the junta's next moves and making plans to manage the transition.
Sierra Leone NGO Marginalised Affected Property Owners, which is taking legal action in the country against Beny Steinmetz Group Resources to obtain recognition of the environmental and social damage caused by its Koidu diamond mine, has asked a US court to give it access to documents it hopes will help it win its case.