With South Africa’s rich natural resources it could help to establish Qatar’s huge potential as a trading market for diamonds, and to put up gold refineries across its free zones, this according to our South African ambassador Faizel Moosa.
In an attempt to balance trade figures between Qatar and South Africa, Moosa said Africa is rich in diamonds, gold, aluminium and iron ore, as well as other similar precious metals, which it could export to Qatar.
“I think there is a huge opportunity for Qatar to become a diamond bourse or a trading establishment because presently in Dubai, they’ve added a 5% tax, so all the diamond buyers are very upset”
“So, there is a big opportunity to put refineries in there free zones in terms of gold, Qatar does not have a gold refinery, and so there is also a huge opportunity to have this type of facility in Qatar”.
Africa is rich in gold – South Africa and most of the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo); we can bring it here and refine it in the country, and make it into bullions,” Moosa told the press during a recent business meeting in Doha.
For both gold and diamonds, Moosa said South Africa could secure “a constant supply” of Gold and the Diamond gemstones for export to Qatar, which the Gulf state could then sell to buyers from China and India, as well as those from other countries.
Faizel Moosa also stressed that it is important to be certified under the Kimberley Process to guarantee that the exported diamonds are legitimate.
The Kimberley Process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa, in 2000, to discuss ways to stop the trade in conflict diamonds and ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments.
Qatar could also develop its own diamond industry that could cater to the rest of the world,” the ambassador added.
Qatari businessman Farhan al-Sayed, who has been in exploratory discussions with Moosa, suggested that Qatar could sell commemorative gold or silver coins during the 2022 FIFA World Cup once the country establishes refineries in the free zones.