|The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), Ahmed Bin Sulayem has published a comprehensive mid-term report on the activities and progress so far achieved by the UAE in realizing the KP's goals.
Among the UAE Chair's initiatives detailed in the report is the "Africa Initiative", aimed at keeping an open dialogue and facilitating progress with the diamond-producing countries. On-site visits by the KP Chair to Angola, South Africa, and the Central African Republic, and meeting with Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos formed a vital part of the initiative. Additional on-site visits are expected to be undertaken by Bin Sulayem later this year to Uganda, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Another initiative undertaken this year by the UAE KP Chair was a series of Valuation Seminars and a Special Forum organized in collaboration with the OECD earlier this year. The goal of the seminars and Forum is to explore ways to support and enhance beneficiation and stimulate better returns for African diamond-producing countries. One of the targets was to identify best practices for rough diamond valuation in an attempt to create an industry standard.
"The KP Chair strongly believes that ‘Africa should have a voice', states the report, adding that, "The KP Chair believes Valuation Seminar discussions should be expanded to include more African representatives, as undervalued diamonds coming from Africa affect the prosperity and livelihood not only of miners, but all people in African diamond producing countries."
The KP Plenary meeting is scheduled to take place in Dubai in November.
Click here to view the full mid-term report.