Government views the mineral sector as an opportunity for economic growth and diversification. Delivering State-of-the-Nation Address in Parliament on Monday (December 5), President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama said economic diversification could be undertaken through promotion of further beneficiation projects as well as expansion of new non-traditional mining operations. He said there were positive developments in the energy minerals sub-sector, including issuance of a mining license to A-Cap Resources for uranium near Serule, while African Energy intended to mine coal and generate power at Sese. He also said investor confidence had increased in the diamond industry after market demand for rough diamonds improved slightly this year. "Carat sales and revenue for this year are forecast to be 65 per cent and 27 per cent respectively above 2015 as a result of improved global demand," President Khama said.