Kimberley Process (KP) Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem visited Russia, the world’s largest exporter of rough diamonds and discussed the setting up of a permanent KP secretariat in the United Nations with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya and Deputy Finance Minister Aleksei Moiseev. The discussions included the need to advance an initiative to standardise rough diamond valuation and reviewed the KP’s achievements to date.
“As part of its mandate, the KP has been instrumental in stemming the flow of conflict diamonds, and over the last decade, embargoes were imposed on countries where mining conditions were non-compliant,” said Bin Sulayem. “However, we have seen that once countries resolve these issues, the re-entry process is long and complex, which severely impacts the living conditions and the livelihood in those countries, especially in Africa. Through our work with the Central African Republic (CAR), we have recognised that with a permanent secretariat in the UN, we will be able to facilitate the KP’s mandate and provide it with the necessary resources to enhance its current mechanisms.”
Bin Sulayem added, “Since collaboration is central in the KP, we look forward to continue working with Russia this year and beyond to further strengthen the initiative’s framework and ensure the legitimate diamond trade continues to be free of conflict diamonds.”
The KP Chairman also met with diamond mining major ALROSA President Andrey Zharkov, and Vice President Andrey Polyakov, who also serves as the President of the World Diamond Council, an observer in the Kimberley Process.