WDC welcomes Australia as 2017 KP chair and EU, India as vice-chairs

Albert Robinson

The further strengthening of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the introduction of new working methods and new ways of organizing processes, were crucial at this year’s KP Plenary Meeting in Dubai, the World Diamond Council (WDC) said in a statement.

‫The WDC joined representatives of governments from more than 50 countries and other Observers in discussing mechanisms for greater industry inclusion.‫

The WDC launched its first KP Observers Forum during the Plenary Meeting. The Forum was created to give the opportunity to WDC members, industry experts and civil society partners to meet and discuss their common goals and joint efforts to promote further evolution of the KPCS and its continued success and credibility. The KP Observers Forum was attended by WDC, DDI and ADPA.

The first Observers Forum was a success,” stated WDC President Andrey Polyakov. “Among other topics, we discussed what more the industry, with the knowledge and experience we have, could do for the countries in need of such expertise. We believe very strongly that education is key. The WDC, through its members, will continue to provide accessible training; supporting and educating professionals to work in those diamond areas where this help is needed and recommended by the KP.”

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Source Idexonline