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Hilde Hardeman Is New KP Chair

European Commission clarifies diamond leadership roles for 2018.
Jan 21, 2018 10:13 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Hilde Hardeman will be the chair of the Kimberley Process for 2018, the European Commission (EC) has confirmed.

Hardeman is head of the EC’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), which manages aspects of the European Union’s diplomacy. She will take charge of the KP on behalf of the EU, this year’s chair, an FPI spokesperson said in an email to Rapaport News Friday.

Earlier this month, the EU said it had commenced its role as KP chair under the leadership of Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. However, while FPI falls under the authority of Mogherini, the EU’s most senior diplomat, Hardeman will serve as chair, the spokesperson noted Friday.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme has been in force since 2003, working to keep conflict diamonds out of the industry’s global supply chain. The chairmanship of the KP switches every year, with Australia recently ending its 2017 leadership period. India is the vice chair this year, and will become chair in 2019.
Tags: Australia, Conflict Diamonds, EC, Europe, European Commission, European Union, Federica Mogherini, FPI, Hilde Hardeman, India, Kimberley Process, Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, KP, Rapaport News, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments
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