Dubai: The UAE continues its deep commitment and involvement in the Kimberley Process (KP), following its tenure as KP Chair in 2016, bringing UAE KP Taskforce members to a meeting at the Almas Tower where the Dubai Diamond Exchange is based, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) said
Set up as a joint initiative between the Ministry of Economy and DMCC, the aim of the Taskforce is to support and reinforce multilateral cooperation regarding the import, export, and transit of rough diamonds in line with KP requirements, and to review, implement and collaborate on new initiatives that benefit the KP Certification Scheme (KPCS) as part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to enhance its world-class infrastructure and internationally recognized efforts to stem the flow of conflict diamonds globally, according to a DMCC statement.
The meeting was chaired by Maryam Al Hashemi in her capacity as 2017 Chair of the Committee of Participation and Chairmanship (CPC) of the Kimberley Process and the Director of the UAE KP Office.
It was also attended by Hind AlYouha, Director of Foreign Trade Policies at the UAE Ministry of Economy; Omar Al Neyadi, Head of the International Governmental Organizations Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Abdul Rahman Al Ali, Major and A Member of the Legal Council at the UAE Ministry of Interior; Suoud Al Agroobi, Director of International Relations for the UAE Federal Customs Authority; Amal Al Sharhan, Manager, Cross UAE Authorities Anti-Money Laundering & Suspicious Cases Unit, Dubai, UAE Central Bank; and Juma Ghabish, Advisor, Government Relations, DMCC.
The key focus areas being pursued by taskforce entities were to regularly exchange information regarding KP implementation and enforcement with the Customs Authorities and the UAE Ministry of Interior being the law enforcement agency at a federal level, to cooperate with international law enforcement officials and UN Panels of Experts on diamond-related investigations through the diplomatic channels of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to receive updates on topics such as anti money laundering and suspicious cases from the UAE central bank.
“Discussions touched on the important role that the UAE CPC Chairmanship is playing in facilitating Mozambique and Gabon’s admission into the KPCS, while offering technical assistance to African countries regarding KP standards and diamond valuation. The Committee also explored how the UAE KP Office can potentially enhance auditing processes in line with international benchmarks. The session concluded with an awareness presentation by Amal Al Sharhan on UAE’s Strategy to evaluate the system of combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.”
Commenting on the UAE KP Taskforce meeting, Maryam Al Hashemi, said, “Members of the UAE KP Taskforce come from the government and federal authorities, which always ensures a lively, constructive debate on the issues and initiatives put forward for discussion. The focus of our purpose remains safeguarding the trade from the flow of conflict diamond.”