KP Commission to Strengthen Diamond Industry

Luanda: The Kimberly Process Commission will strengthen the diamond industry in 2015 and face with more responsibility the challenge of sustainability in favour of the future generations.

This was announced Thursday in Luanda by Kimberly Process Certification System official, Estanislau Buio. The official was speaking about Angola’s presidency of the Kimberly Process, during the 3rd Consultative Council of the Ministry of Geology and Mining.

Estanislau Buio stated that during the period until 2015, the Kimberly Process will adopt as its main priorities to follow up the situation in Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Venezuela.

Other priorities include assisting Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea Conakry to resume their exports of raw diamonds, implement the Moscow and Washington declarations on internal control mechanisms and development of artisan and law-scale diamond exploration.

The list of the priorities includes assistance to recently admitted countries, incentive to dialogue with the civil society and the members to adopt the voluntary principles.

Angola took up the vice presidency of the Kimberly Process in 2013, in South Africa, and will hold the organ’s presidency in January 2015.

The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.

It is also intended to protect the legitimate diamond industry on which many countries are dependent to implement their social and economic development policies.