|During his recent visit to the Republic of Armenia to attend the CIBJO Annual Congress, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Kimberley Process Chair (KP Chair) Ahmed Bin Sulayem also met with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan.
The Armenian President and the KP Chair discussed Armenia's diamond industry, and how it could "play a deeper role within the KP," reports the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), of which Bin Sulayem is Executive Chairman. The country, a member of the KP since 2003, has a local diamond manufacturing sector employing around 3,000 to 4,000 workers.
"For decades Armenia's precious metals sectors have been renowned for their high quality and prestige, and as one of the earliest members of the KP, the country has played a key role in strengthening the global initiative over the years," says Bin Sulayem, as quoted by the DMCC. "I was privileged to meet President Sargsyan and discuss with him Armenia's evolving diamond industry, as well as how it can continue to play a deeper role within the KP. Over the past year, we have worked to engage numerous KP participants because we strongly believe that there is more that can be done to increase the vitality of this initiative, so that it can deliver greater value to everyone involved."President Sargsyan and Bin Sulayem also reportedly discussed the potential growth in bilateral projects between Armenia and the UAE.