The President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has recognized the qualities of blockchain to assist in offering extra transparency and traceability within the diamond provide chain.
Talking at ‘The Sides 2023’ convention held in Botswana, Masisi identified that blockchain can help show that diamonds sold have been sourced ethically. Particularly, he famous that blockchain’s decentralized ledger can assist persuade customers that the diamonds they buy come from morally right sources.
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“Blockchain know-how, with its immutable ledger, can present customers with the assure that their #diamonds have been ethically sourced.” – President of Botswana #TheFacets2023 pic.twitter.com/LSsTbflnhC
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Botswana’s diamond mining business, the second largest on the planet, has confronted criticism previously over human rights violations, exploitation and environmental hurt. Some conflicts in Africa have additionally allegedly been financed by the diamond commerce.
African nations dominate the manufacturing of uncut diamonds and dominate the highest 10 record of producers based mostly on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme:
- DR Congo
- South Africa
- Sierra Leone
“Transparency and traceability are very important parts within the assurances that we, as diamond-producing nations, should present to our world prospects. Blockchain know-how, with its immutable ledger, can present customers with the assure that their diamonds have been ethically sourced,” Masisi stated.
Botswana is main efforts to take advantage of the power of blockchain to cleanse the crucial mining business. That is epitomized by the nation’s relationship with De Beers, a worldwide chief in diamond mining that has pioneered using blockchain to trace the diamond provide chain.
De Beers is alleged to carry majority possession curiosity in Botswana’s diamond reserves. Its platform, Tracr, is acknowledged because the world’s first absolutely distributed diamond blockchain platform that begins on the supply and operates at scale. In keeping with Beers, Tracr has registered multiple million tough diamonds at supply and 110,000 diamonds on the producer degree securely on their devoted Tracr cases.
Tracr, which brings collectively a variety of main applied sciences together with blockchain, synthetic intelligence, the Web of Issues, and superior safety and privateness applied sciences, was made available to the wider diamond sector in June 2023.
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