21 November 2018
The World Diamond Council (WDC) remains hopeful that efforts to reform the scope of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) will bear fruit next year as the 2018 KP Plenary Meeting concluded in Belgium on November 20.
The council earlier suggested expanding the definition of conflict diamonds, a proposal that had been included in the KP Plenary’s final communique. WDC also expressed hope that KP participants will support such an amendment and make further contributions ahead of the next KP Plenary in India in 2019.
Furthermore, the WDC welcomed the decision of the KP Plenary to adopt all three administrative decisions that were proposed by the industry. These included the “Establishment of a Kimberley Process Secretariat,” “Compilation of Modifications to Technical Definitions” and “Use of Unified Diamond Nomenclature and Terminology as a Best Practice.” This result clearly showed the commitment of the industry to promote change and institutional effectiveness of the KP, noted WDC.
“We recognise the success of the KPCS in addressing the issues raised within its mandate, as it relates to the original definition of conflict diamonds,” said WDC President Stephane Fischler. “As the achievements of the past demonstrate conclusively, the KPCS not only has the capacity to protect people in the mining areas, but also to provide them with opportunities that otherwise might not exist.”
According to Fischler, the KPCS is particularly relevant to artisanal and small-scale miners, who account for 5 percent to 10 percent of rough diamond production by value. “They are an important part of the up to 10 million workers that the diamond industry sustains globally and are particularly vulnerable from social and economic perspectives. The KP should be playing a primary role in protecting their interests and enabling them to obtain legitimate access to the world markets,” he added.