As part of preparations for the relocation of full diamond aggregation to the country, a team of I. Hennig & Co. Ltd, (Hennig) executives from around the world visited Botswana on a familiarisation tour.
I. Hennig & Co. Ltd, (Hennig) was the first of the large, international diamond brokerage firms to open a permanent office in Botswana.
Director of Hennig Botswana, Tshebetso Kgatlwane, said the purpose of the visit was to acquaint the Hennig Brokers with the local diamond industry and the broader business landscape of Botswana.
“This will prepare us for future visits to Botswana once aggregation commences here and the five-weekly diamond sales (Sights) are conducted in Botswana,” said Kgatlwane.
“Following this exposure, Hennig is now better equipped to service our clients, not only when in Botswana but also from our numerous offices in each of the cutting centers around the globe,” he added.
Kgatlwane said this preparation has helped turn ‘our Brokers’ into Botswana Ambassadors spreading the Botswana diamond promise globally amongst our clients, the world’s most prominent diamantaires.
The Hennig delegation to Botswana was led by the Managing Director, Arik Sela, and whilst here, the team met with officials and institutions that are the core of the diamond industry in Botswana.
Sela said the next step will be for them to lead their clients from around the world to Botswana to gain first-hand experience of the environment in which they will be conducting future business.
Hennig, which was founded in 1890, is oldest international diamond brokerage and consultancy company.
The company offers its clients a wide range of services and plays an active role in the global diamond industry.
It has offices in all the strategic diamond centers namely, New York; London; Antwerp; Tel Aviv; Surat and Mumbai (India); Bangkok; Johannesburg and Gaborone. The Botswana office opened four years ago, located in the prestigious Diamond Technology Park in Gaborone.