mpofu 03.08.10.jpgA 15-member African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) delegation is expected in the country over the weekend for a three day long familiarisation visit meant to acquaint the team with developments in the local diamond industry as well as to exchange notes on ways to deal with challenges being faced by diamond producers across the continent.

 

The delegation, which comprises 10 ministers from different diamond producing countries on the continent as well as representatives of the association’s executive secretariat, is expected to meet with local stakeholders in the diamond industry as well as government officials with the objective of exchanging notes on ways to further enhance the diamond industry.

 

Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu said the visit demonstrates the solidarity among diamond producers on the continent and expressed optimism of fruitful deliberations.
 

“Most of the Ministers will be arriving on Saturday evening and will go to Chiadzwa on Sunday.”

 

“It is quite a very active programme that will see them understand what is going on in the diamond sector of Zimbabwe,” said Cde Mpofu.

 

Concerns have been raised by African Diamond Producers over the manipulation of  the Kimberley Process by non-governmental organisations as well as buyers at the expense of the producing countries.

 

Meanwhile, KP Monitor Mr. Abbey Chikane is also expected in the country on the 8th of  August for the certification of the first diamond export as agreed to at the World Diamond Council 7th Annual Meeting held in St Petersburg, Russia last month.

 

Chikane’s visit is going to coincide with the KP Review Mission team’s trip meant to assess progress by the local diamond industry in the implementation of the Joint Work Plan between government and KP.