Africa-Press – Angola. Angola participates, from this Monday until Friday, in the Interim meeting of the Kimberley Process, which takes place in Kasane, Republic of Botswana.
The Kimberley Process is a system of certification of origin of diamonds, designed to prevent the purchase and sale of blood diamonds, that is, from areas of conflict, civil wars and human rights abuses. In 2003 it was created with the aim of preventing the financing of weapons in African countries in civil war.
In 2000, several countries accepted the Kimberley Process, pledging only to acquire certified rough diamonds (with provenance confirmed by an official certificate) and to refuse imports from conflict areas.
Taking place in a hybrid format (virtual and face-to-face), participants must define, at that meeting, the headquarters of the Permanent Secretariat of the Kimberly Process, a matter that did not reach consensus in the plenary session held in Moscow in 2021.
Representatives from 82 countries participating in the International Kimberley Process Certification System (SCPK) must attend the meeting. The Angolan delegation will be headed by the executive coordinator of the National Commission of the Kimberley Process (CNPK), Paulo Mvika, integrating senior staff of this body.
Angola is a co-founder and an active participant in the main decisions of the Kimberley Process, created in 2003, with the aim of eliminating the diamond trade from conflict areas.
Botswana currently assumes the rotating presidency of the Kimberley Process, with Zimbabwe as vice president.