UM SÉCULO DE DIAMANG – COMEMORAÇÃO

Segunda-feira, 16 de Outubro 2017
Instituto Superior Técnico
Museu Décio Tadeu – Pavilhão de Minas
das 1500 às 1700

Na data em que faz um século da criação da DIAMANG, temos uma oportunidade para:

  • Celebrar a DIAMANG e os diamantesPortugal e os PortuguesesAngola e os Angolanos e o projeto que desenvolveram no coração do continente africano;
  • Recordar a gesta anterior de Portugueses, Brasileiros e Africanos no princípio do século XVIII, senhores, homens livres ou escravos, que nos sertões brasileiros revolucionaram o mundo dos diamantes, imutável desde a Antiguidade; recordar a abertura de novos mundos e mercados no século XVI, com a descoberta pelos navegadores Portugueses da rota do Cabo, globalizando os diamantes e especiarias da Índia nos mercados europeus.
  • Celebrar uma comunidade de povos e nações que partilham língua, história e cultura nos quatro cantos do mundo.
  • Não esquecendo a História e a celebração do passado, sobretudo, construir pontes para o futuro, promovendo e desenvolvendo em Portugal, em Angola, no Brasil, o conhecimento e a investigação científica sobre os diamantes, as pedras e os minerais preciosos e os seus jazigos, por um lado, e sobre as culturas, povos, línguas e geografia de África, a América do Sul e a Ásia, por outro.

Programa de dia 16 de Outubro, já na segunda-feira

15:00 – Abertura: Prof. Luís Chambel e Prof. Manuel Francisco

Apresentação e discussão informal do programa das comemorações (a decorrer durante o próximo ano)
Visita guiada ao Museu Décio Tadeu e às coleções da DIAMANG e de Angola

15:45 – O diamante, Portugal, Brasil e Angola: uma viagem secular – Luís Chambel

16:30 – Discussão do programa de comemorações e da visita ao Museu (continuação)

Mais informações: mensagens para luischambel@sinese.pt ou messenger (Facebook)

Gold trends last year

For those that missed it, World Gold Council released a report a few days ago about the gold trends in 2016. World Gold Council report highlights:

  • 2016 was the second best year for ETFs on record. Global demand for gold-backed ETFs and similar products was 531.9t – the highest since 2009. Q4 saw outflows.

  • The gold price ended the year up 8%. Having risen 25% by the end of September, gold relinquished some of its gains in Q4 following Trump’s conciliatory acceptance speech and the FOMC’s interest rate rise.
  • 2016 saw a 7-year low for jewellery demand.bRising prices for much of the year, regulatory and fiscal hurdles in India and China’s softening economy were key reasons for weakness in the sector.
  • India’s shock demonetisation policy brought the market to a virtual standstill. An initial rush for gold following the policy announcement came to a swift halt in the ensuing cash crunch.

You may download the full report report here.

RIO TINTO divests from Mozambican coal

Rio Tinto announced the sale of their coal mines in Tete Province, Mozambique, by 50 MUSD to Indian Coal Ventures Pty Limited (ICVL). The agreement includes the Benga coal mine and other active projects in the Tete Province and does not include other Rio Tinto assets in the country.

Rio Tinto started their activities in Mozambique in 2011, acquiring Riversdale Mining assets for 3.7 bn USD. In this year’s first half (characterised by a strong fall in coal prices) the mines produced 733 thousand tons of coking and thermal coal. The coal project in Mozambique suffered heavy losses in 2012 – 2 bn € – and subsequent layoffs in 2013.

Rio Tinto is not completely divesting from Mozambique, as it will keep the Matumba mineral sands assets and a crane depot in the country.

ICVL is a joint-venture created by the Indian government with the task of acquiring coal assets abroad. ICVL includes some of the largest state-owned Indian companies: Steel Authority of India Limited, Coal India Limited, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, National Minerals Development Corporation Limited and National Thermal Power Corporation Limited. This transaction has given the ICVL the control of substantial coking and thermal coal resources, including a 65 per cent stake in the Benga mine and other assets (including exploration licences).

The transaction, due to be completed during this year’s third quarter, is pending regulatory authorisation.

You can read more at this story’s sources:

Portugal Global website

The Sidney Morning Herald