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Zimbabwe Elected Vice Chair Of Diamond Monitor, The World Kimberley Process

Zimbabwe Elected Vice Chair Of Diamond Monitor, The World Kimberley Process

Zimbabwe was last night elected vice-chairperson of the World Kimberley Process, which ensures that all global diamond mining and sales are done legally and following laid-down standards.

The election was done in Moscow, Russia, on Friday at the plenary meeting which ran from November 8 to 12.

In an interview from Moscow last night, Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando confirmed the development. He told The Herald:

Zimbabwe has this evening (last night) been elected as vice-chairperson of the World Kimberley Process for 2022. It is a massive recognition for the country.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to take over the chair in 2023, the year that it expects the mining sector to become a US$12 billion industry.

Russia is the current chair.

The Kimberley Process is a body for certifying diamonds sold around the world and provides the practical process to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain.

Today, participants actively manage worldwide trade and have managed to end 99.8 per cent of the global production of conflict diamonds, that is diamonds mined illegally and without proper regulation and used to fund illegal and terrorist activities.

Kimberley Process intended to set the basis for work in this direction and was also open to cooperation in this sphere with external organisations to learn from their experience.

The Kimberley Process is expected to send an expert mission to that country to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2019 post-verification mechanism and compliance of individual regions with the minimum requirements of the certification scheme.

In 2009, the KP imposed a ban on diamonds from Marange over widespread human rights violations in the mines and smuggling.

Abbey Chikane, then KP monitor responsible for supervising compliance with the work plan, concluded in his June 2010 report, that Zimbabwe had met the minimum requirements and the ban was lifted.

Farai Maguwu, Executive Director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance, is one of the individuals who have been pushing to have reforms in the mining sector saying there were human rights violations in Marange. 

More: The Herald

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