Shang­hai In­ter­s­es­sional Fo­cuses On Devel­op­ment

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The Kim­berly Process Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme (KPCS) in­ter­s­es­sional meet­ing that was held in Shang­hai from June 10 to 12 urged all stake­hold­ers to work to­gether to pro­mote the healthy and or­derly devel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional di­a­mond in­dus­try.

The KP chair for 2014 vice min­is­ter Wei Chuanzhong chaired the in­ter­s­es­sional meet­ing. Among the officials that ad­dressed the In­ter­s­es­sional were World Di­a­mond Coun­cil pres­i­dent Edward Ass­cher, civil so­ci­ety groups rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alan Martin, Mayor of Shang­hai Yang Xiong, and Zhi Shup­ing, a min­is­ter from the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine (AQSIQ) of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, a min­is­te­rial ad­min­is­tra­tive or­gan di­rectly un­der the State Coun­cil.

At the open­ing ses­sion, Yang Xiong ex­tended a warm wel­come to all del­e­gates, adding that the KPCS was an im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion scheme.

“The di­a­mond and jew­ellery in­dus­try in Shang­hai dates back to very early times, and Shang­hai used to be the big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­sum­ing city in the Far East. En­ter­ing into the 21st cen­tury, the an­nual di­a­mond trans­ac­tion vol­ume of Shang­hai grew at a rate of 40%, and Shang­hai is now the cen­tral city of di­a­mond trad­ing in China,” Yang stated. He added that Shang­hai is cur­rently in a new stage of deep­en­ing re­form and ex­tend­ing open­ing up to the out­side world, with the es­tab­lish­ment of the China (Shang­hai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

“To­gether with other parts of the world, Shang­hai will proac­tively pub­li­cise the func­tions of the KPCS to en­hance con­sumers’ con­fi­dence and work to­gether to pro­mote the healthy and or­derly devel­op­ment of the in­ter­na­tional di­a­mond in­dus­try,” Yang noted.

Zhi Shup­ing af­firmed the im­por­tant role of KPCS in im­ple­ment­ing UN res­o­lu­tions, com­bat­ing con­flict di­a­mond, safe­guard­ing re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity, and pro­mot­ing devel­op­ment of the

To­day, as the sec­ond largest di­a­mond con­sum­ing coun­try and the fourth largest rough di­a­mond trad­ing coun­try, China is will­ing to make ac­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment of KPCS and the in­ter­na­tional di­a­mond in­dus­try.”

in­ter­na­tional di­a­mond in­dus­try. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the devel­op­ment and progress achieved by the KP in the past 10 years. Zhi pointed out that as one of the per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and one of the found­ing mem­bers of the KPCS, China has been strictly abid­ing by rel­e­vant UN res­o­lu­tions and KPCS schemes.

“To­day, as the sec­ond largest di­a­mond con­sum­ing coun­try and the fourth largest rough di­a­mond trad­ing coun­try, China is will­ing to make ac­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment of KPCS and the in­ter­na­tional di­a­mond in­dus­try,” he said.

Zhi also put for­ward three pro­pos­als for this in­ter­s­es­sional meet­ing: “First, strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion to prac­ti­cally pro­mote the devel­op­ment of all as­pects of the Kim­berly Process; sec­ond, learn from each other for valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences and make joint ef­forts for the devel­op­ment of the process; and third, to con­sol­i­date and deepen our as-valu­able-as-di­a­mond friend­ship with this in­ter­s­es­sional meet­ing.”

Wei Chuanzhong re­viewed achieve­ments made by KPCS since his chair­man­ship in help­ing and pro­mot­ing the di­a­mond in­dus­try devel­op­ment. Wei noted that the KPCS, with 54 par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing 81 coun­tries, and with ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the di­a­mond in­dus­try as well as civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, is the most ef­fec­tive global rough di­a­mond su­per­vi­sion scheme.

Wei con­grat­u­lated Cote d’Ivoire on the lift­ing of the eight-year ban by the UN on ship­ment of rough di­a­monds. He called on the KP fam­ily to fur­ther strengthen co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, so as to con­tin­u­ously ad­dress di­a­mond su­per­vi­sion is­sues in some con­flict ar­eas, to fur­ther im­prove all KP rules and pro­ce­dures, and to pro­mote the devel­op­ment of the KP in a proac­tive and fea­si­ble way.

In his speech, Ass­cher stressed that the man­date of the KP should re­main fo­cused on elim­i­nat­ing the trade in di­a­monds from ar­eas of con­flict. “The Kim­ber­ley Process’s scope should re­main lim­ited to dis­as­so­ci­at­ing con­flict from the rough di­a­mond trade. Our fo­cus should be on im­prov­ing the KP within this frame­work,” Ass­cher said.

“When we look around us there are new ini­tia­tives in the di­a­mond and jew­ellery in­dus­try, some are based on pro­found Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity, oth­ers have a com­mer­cial and mar­ket­ing ef­fort. All are meant to prove that our di­a­monds or those spe­cific di­a­monds mar­keted by cer­tain or­gan­i­sa­tions are con­flict-free and con­tribut­ing to a wider range of hu­man and so­cial as­pects. The same is true to­day for other ini­tia­tives that are close to our hearts. It is our col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to as­sess and con­sider all po­ten­tial risks, con­front them, mit­i­gate them and work in uni­son and har­mony within the Kim­ber­ley Process,” he noted. Ass­cher added that the KPCS needed fur­ther in­no­va­tion and self-im­prove­ment to im­prove the qual­ity of the lives of all stake­hold­ers in the chain of dis­tri­bu­tion.

Alan Martin stated that it’s im­por­tant for more pub­lic and con­sumers to get to know and un­der­stand KPCS and its role. He said the KPCS should en­sure that the le­gal di­a­mond trade con­trib­utes to the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of all coun­tries in the world.

The meet­ing was at­tended by about 300 del­e­gates from 34 mem­ber coun­tries, ob­servers like the World Di­a­mond Coun­cil, the African Di­a­mond Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the Di­a­mond Devel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from do­mes­tic and over­seas di­a­mond com­pa­nies.

The key­note speeches and group dis­cus­sions at the in­ter­s­es­sional meet­ing re­viewed the work of the KPCS in the first half of 2014 and set the agenda for the rest of the year. The Chi­nese govern­ment del­e­ga­tion con­sist­ing of AQSIQ, min­istry of for­eign af­fairs, min­istry of land and re­sources and min­istry of com­merce, too, of­fered help­ful sug­ges­tions and ad­vice for the KPCS.

The KP ple­nary meet­ing of 2014 will be held in Guangzhou on Novem­ber 11 this year.

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