India Named KP Vice Chair For 2018
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.
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