As I write this article about my very recent trip to Guinea and Sierra Leone, I am sitting in my hotel room at the Hotel Bronte in Harare, Zimbabwe. This is my first trip to Zimbabwe and… Wait a minute. I am in the middle of my trip here and not ready to write about this adventure yet. You will just have to wait for my article on buying diamonds in Zimbabwe to find out what I was about to say.
This article is about my trip to Guinea and Sierra Leone. As a side note, some of you might have noticed that my last article on Sierra Leone has been removed from my website. I am sorry to have removed the article, but there were people in Sierra Leone who were upset by what I wrote and asked me in a “firm” way to please remove it from my website. This article is not a replacement; rather it is a new experience I would like to share with you. I believe my experience may be of value to those who wish to do rough diamond business in Guinea.
I was booked to go to Sierra Leone with a new client from Egypt. Although born in Egypt, he grew up in Western Canada. Mas, (not his real name) is 38 years old, highly intelligent, astute, and has a great sense of humor. (Anyone who laughs at my bad jokes have to have a great sense of humor) Mas is a lean, mean, business machine. He is a self-made multi-millionaire and does not suffer fools easily. Mas is the second Muslim client I have worked with, and the first Arab. Sooner or later, every Jew should have their first Arab. Despite what many may think, Jews and Arabs have a great deal in common. If you leave politics and religion aside, you will find many similarities, albeit, few may admit to it.