By partnering with De Beers, Botswana is party to the secretive, monopolistic business practices that underpin the diamond industry. The Botswana government’s ability to reel in corporate misbehavior is hamstrung by the fact that it works so closely with De Beers—the most important player in the system that keeps diamond prices high through artificial pricing and scarcity. It’s a system that benefits Botswana through elevated diamond prices, but at the same time, De Beers also seems to participate in business practices that deprive Botswana of taxes.
Economic Justice & Transparency Programme Officer, Angola

Albertina is OSISA's Programme Officer for Economic Justice and Transparency in Angola and part time assistant lecturer of Economic Integration and Statistics in the Faculty of Economy and Management at the Catholic University of Angola. She has a Masters in Economics from the Catholic Lisbon Business School of Economics (2013) as well as a degree in Economics from the Catholic Uni

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