In­dia Named KP Vice Chair For 2018

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In­dia has been elected as the vice chair of the Kim­ber­ley Process (KP) for 2018 at the KP Ple­nary that took place in Dubai from Novem­ber 13 to 17. Aus­tralia will be the KP chair for 2017. In 2019, In­dia will as­sume the role of KP chair, a po­si­tion that it pre­vi­ously held in 2008. The KP Ple­nary was at­tended by over 300 del­e­gates from around the world in­clud­ing gov­ern­ments, in­dus­try and a group of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Manoj Dwivedi, joint sec­re­tary, depart­ment of com­merce, and head of the In­dian del­e­ga­tion to the KP Ple­nary, said, “With all grat­i­tude we ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity to be the vice chair in 2018 and the chair in 2019. I thank Euro­pean Union for their pru­dence and ma­tu­rity in col­lab­o­rat­ing with us to reach this so­lu­tion.”

“Our ap­proach will be col­lab­o­ra­tive, demo­cratic and trans­par­ent to take this il­lus­tri­ous process to a new era of dig­i­tal rel­e­vance and ca­pac­ity build­ing so that there will be equitable dis­tri­bu­tion of ca­pa­bil­i­ties and stan­dards, es­pe­cially amongst the African col­leagues with al­lu­vial mining in manag­ing the Kim­ber­ley Process Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme (KPCS) and is­suance of KP cer­tifi­cates,” he added.

The Ple­nary also wel­comed In­dia as the vice chair of the Work­ing Group on Statis­tics. Dwivedi fur­ther stated that the pro­gres­sion of KP chair­man­ship from Aus­tralia, a di­amond pro­duc­ing coun­try, to EU, a di­amond trad­ing coun­try, and then to In­dia, a di­amond man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­try, en­sures a per­fect bal­ance in over­all im­prove­ment of the sys­tem. He pointed out that the re­spon­si­bil­ity trav­els three con­ti­nents, en­sur­ing ge­o­graph­i­cally equitable dis­tri­bu­tion too.

Historic agree­ment

Key par­tic­i­pants in the global ini­tia­tive voted to ap­prove the KP chair Ahmed Bin Su­layem’s ideas to es­tab­lish a Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tariat and to set up a com­mon Fund for NGOs.

Ap­proval for the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tariat will see the es­tab­lish­ment of a body that is ded­i­cated to­wards ad­dress­ing the KP’s cur­rent struc­tural chal­lenges. While the KP is ef­fec­tive at re­mov­ing coun­tries that breach its pro­to­cols, it takes a long time to bring them back into the process – de­priv­ing these coun­tries of much needed revenue.

“The historic de­ci­sions made to­day will have an en­dur­ing im­pact on the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the KP and the di­amond in­dus­try,” said Bin Su­layem. “We are very proud of the way that the KP fam­ily has come to­gether to en­act these vi­tal pro­pos­als that will lend greater struc­ture and trans­parency to the KPCS. I look for­ward to work­ing closely with the next KP chair to en­sure these ini­tia­tives are im­ple­mented ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.”

The pro­posal to es­tab­lish a com­mon Fund for NGOs in­volved in the KP would pro­vide the civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions the re­sources to par­tic­i­pate more ac­tively in an­nual KP events. The UAE KP chair an­nounced that it will con­trib­ute $25,000 to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of this Fund, and has called for the rest of the in­dus­try to make up the re­main­ing amount in or­der to cre­ate a to­tal Fund of $105,000. Both pro­pos­als will go be­fore the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly for adop­tion be­fore the end of the year.

An­other key area where the UAE KP chair made no­table progress was in hold­ing an un­prece­dented se­ries of di­amond val­u­a­tion work­shops de­signed to es­tab­lish a con­sen­sus on a set of generic cri­te­ria in this area, which the in­dus­try will con­tinue dis­cussing in the months

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