KP Chair Releases Mid-term Progress Report
The UAE Kimberley Process (KP) chair 2016, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, published a mid-term report, a first for the KP, highlighting key initiatives such as on-site visits to the major diamond producing nations of Africa, the initiation of a series of valuation seminars and a proposal which explores the use of blockchain technology to help enhance security measures.
The report also offers a preview of activities for the remainder of the year including the KP Plenary meeting that will see representatives from all over the world meet in Dubai to discuss the future of the diamond industry from November 13-17.
“This year the KP chair has taken concrete steps to support the efforts of various groups and monitoring teams, to ensure that some of the world’s poorest diamond producing countries are able to join or come back into the KP family and receive a fair share of the revenues created by the mining and export of rough diamonds,” said Bin Sulayem.
Bin Sulayem has been pro-active in not only upholding the principles of the KP remit, to facilitate the legitimate mining and trading of rough diamonds, but also in working closely with governments and KP working groups to promote and enhance ethical and best practices.
“Raising global awareness of the work of the KP is key to not only report achievements, but to demonstrate how we are working to stem the flow of conflict diamonds, protect the rights of miners and improve conditions for their families in countries concerned in diamond mining and production,” he added.
The KP chairmanship 2016 is under the auspices of the UAE ministry of economy. His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE minister of economy appointed Ahmed Bin Sulayem as KP chair in January 2016. The KP chair oversees the implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the operations of the working groups and committees, and general administration and facilitation. The chair rotates annually.