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Zimbabwe assumes KPCS chairmanship

By Stanley James, Business Editor

Zimbabwe has laid a roadmap for diamond mining events next year after assuming the chairmanship of the global body of diamond-producing nations, the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme.   

This was confirmed recently at KPCS engagements attended by Zimbabwean officials in Botswana.

Zimbabwe says it is fully committed to hosting global diamond events in line with the KPCS.  

“The country has now effectively assumed chairmanship of the KPCS and we are confident of our mandate in line with the KPCS guidelines,” said Honourable Winston Chitando, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development.

A World Diamond Council delegation was also in the country this week to assess the diamond sector operations. 

“They also had an opportunity to assess the current trends, meet several people, diamond miners, government officials,” he added.

Established in 2003 by the United Nations General Assembly, the KPCS has an objective of ensuring accountability and transparency in diamond deals and trade.   

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