Sierra Leone diamond export in 2015 was 500,039 carats compared to 620,181 carats exported in 2014, Abdul Ignosi Koroma, Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources said at the opening session of the workshop on the Kimberlite process in Freetown.
The 500,039 carats exported in 2015 represents a 24 percent decrease in export compared to the previous year.
“In 2014 we exported 620,181 carats valued at $221 million and last year 2015 we exported 500,039 carats valued at $154 million,” Mr. Abdul Ignosi Koroma said.
“It is interesting to know that all the other three Mano River Union (MRU) countries of Guinea, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire combine do not match a third of Sierra Leone’s diamond export,” he said.
To date Sierra Leone is the leading diamond producer and exporter in the MRU. The largest gem discovered in Sierra Leone is about 1,000 carat, still the third largest gem in the world.