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KP Intersessional
Industry Leaders Encourage Reform at KP
World Diamond Council (WDC) president Stephane Fischlerurged Kimberley Process (KP) member governments to reach an agreement on trade-reform issues, including expanding thedefinition of a conflict diamond. “We are relying on each of you, during this final year...
Mining Jun 17, 2019 Rapaport News
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Diamonds Still Linked to Conflict – Civil Society
Civil-society groups have lashed out at the lack of transparency in the diamond industry, claiming the trade continues to be linked to human-rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. “Although the diamond industry is not the only sector...
Fair Trade Jul 31, 2018 Avi Krawitz
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KP Addresses Conflict-Diamond Definition
The Kimberley Process (KP) discussed plans for a reformagenda at its intersessional meeting in Antwerp last week, includingbroadening its definition of conflict diamonds. “I believe the industry has expressed an unambiguous andclear position,” acting president Stephane...
Rough Markets Jun 25, 2018 Rapaport News
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CAR Appoints Peter Meeus as Adviser
The Central AfricanRepublic (CAR) has appointed industry veteran Peter Meeus as a governmentadviser, in line with the nation’s efforts to make its diamond sector compliantwith global standards.Meeus (pictured), asinternational diamond specialist and special adviser,...
Rough Markets Jun 14, 2018 Rapaport News
KP Names 2018 Chair 150
Hilde Hardeman Is New KP Chair
Hilde Hardeman will be the chair of the Kimberley Process for2018, the European Commission (EC) has confirmed.Hardeman is head of the EC’s Service for Foreign PolicyInstruments (FPI), which manages aspects of the European Union’s diplomacy....
Mining Jan 21, 2018 Rapaport News
Federica Mogherini Kimberley Process EU
EU Becomes Kimberley Process Chair
The European Union (EU) has taken over the chairmanship ofthe Kimberley Process (KP) for 2018, with Italian politician FedericaMogherini heading the operation.The leadership of the KP switches every year, with Australiataking charge...
Mining Jan 02, 2018 Rapaport News
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Alrosa Is Latest to Consider Blockchain
Alrosa is considering implementing blockchain or othertechnology ideas for its rough and polished stones to address challenges withconflict diamonds and undisclosed synthetics, the miner told Rapaport News. “If the industry manages to build a tracing...
Mining Dec 25, 2017 Leah Meirovich
Joanne Lebert Impact
Non-Profit Quits Kimberley Process
Impact, a Canada-based non-profit organization, is leavingthe Kimberley Process (KP), claiming the scheme is ineffective in policing thediamond supply chain, the group said Thursday.Impact, formerly Partnership Africa Canada, made the announcement at the end of the...
Rough Markets Dec 17, 2017 Rapaport News
Global Witness CAR
Global Witness Urges Trade to Improve CAR Checks
Global Witness has called on diamond buyers to step up their due diligence when trading with the Central African Republic (CAR) so as to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the international market.Last month, the organization published...
Rough Markets Jul 12, 2017 Rapaport News
Global Witness CAR
Global Witness Warns of CAR Diamond Smuggling
Smugglers are using social-media platforms such asFacebook and WhatsApp to get diamonds out of the Central African Republic (CAR)and into international markets, Global Witness claimed in a report last week.A representative from the organization...
Rough Markets Jun 26, 2017 Joshua Freedman
Bin Sulyame UN Assembly KP
UN Urges Wider Kimberley Process Participation
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted aresolution that called for greater participation in the Kimberley Process (KP) toprevent conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream market.The declaration emphasizes the need to stop...
Rough Markets Feb 05, 2017 Rapaport News
Alluvial Mining Rough
KP to Audit CAR Diamond Stockpiles
The Kimberley Process (KP) is seeking a forensic auditor tocomb through diamond stockpiles in the Central African Republic (CAR) and assess which stones recovered during the nation’s suspension may beexported.CAR was suspendedfrom the...
Fair Trade Dec 20, 2016 Rapaport News
Central African Republic CAR
Cameroon Enabling CAR Conflict Diamonds: NGO
Conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) are entering the supply chain because of poor prevention controls, non-governmental group Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) alleged.Rough stones are being smuggled across the...
Rough Markets Dec 05, 2016 Rapaport News
Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Dubai Probing Rough Diamond Values
From the get go, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) chairmanship of the Kimberley Process (KP) had a fair share of controversies as civil society, and a number of member states, expressed their concern with seating the...
Rough Markets Aug 25, 2016 Avi Krawitz
Ahmed Bin Sulayem
KP Mulls Using Tech to Eradicate Conflict Diamonds
The United Arab Emirates-based chair of the KimberleyProcess (KP) has proposed using ‘blockchain’ technology to enhance security andprevent conflict diamonds from entering the market.Blockchain is a list of transactions that take place in apeer-to-peer network. It enables...
Technology Aug 22, 2016 Rapaport News
WDC
WDC to Meet in NYC for September AGM
The WorldDiamond Council (WDC) will hold its next annual general meeting in New York inSeptember.The event will run fromSeptember 7 to 9 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the WDC announced. Issues to bediscussed include the current...
Polished Markets Aug 07, 2016 Rapaport News
Pope Francis
Pope Warns Africa’s Illegal Diamond Trade Abets Crime, Terrorism
PopeFrancishas warned Africa’s illegal trade in diamonds and other precious resources abetscriminal activities and terrorism while undermining political stability.“Human selfishness” and the abuse of the poor and excludedrisked tearing Africa into pieces,...
Fair Trade Nov 30, 2015 Rapaport News
Kimberley Process
Kimberley Process Presents Roadmap for CAR Compliance
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has developed a work plan to resume rough diamond exports from the Central African Republic (CAR), which would partially end the current sanctions on the country’s diamond...
Rough Markets Jun 30, 2015 Avi Krawitz
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Diamonds Provide Ample Funding to Warlords in CAR
Even though the Central African Republic (CAR) has been suspended from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme since May 2013, rough diamonds are the largest source of export revenue for the country,...
Fair Trade Jun 17, 2015 Jeff Miller
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Belgium Discovers Possible Shipment of Rough Diamonds From CAR
Press Release: The Antwerp diamond industry, represented by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), is stepping up its efforts to combat conflict diamonds. The city of Antwerp, largely owing its reputation to the AWDC as the most...
Rough Markets Jun 06, 2014 AWDC
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