|The office of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Kimberley Process (KP) Chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem reports that several positive responses have been received to the invitation extended by the KP Chair to the KP Civil Society Coalition to attend the upcoming Plenary meeting in Dubai.
The invitation urged the KP Civil Society Coalition to attend the KP Plenary to discuss and make joint progress on industry-critical topics such as rough diamond valuation, and the possibility of installing a Permanent Secretariat under the mandate of the United Nations.
A positive response has so far been received from Albert Kabuya Muyeba on behalf of CENADEP (Centre National D'Appui au Dévelopment et à la participation populaire), and from Dr. Ola Bello, Executive Director of Good Governance Africa (GGA).
"We have made significant progress this year within several areas of the Kimberley Process but we need to work together - not in silos," says Bin Sulayem. "As KP Chair, I am delighted that members of Civil Society will attend the Plenary in Dubai so that we can collaboratively bring all the work which has been done over the last nine months to a good end."Bin Sulayem also reiterated that "...[the UAE KP Chair's] proposal to fund the participation of additional members of the CSC at the KP Plenary stands."