Government will set up a subcommittee under the Mines and Mining Development Ministry to prepare the groundwork for the re-certification of the local diamond industry.

This emerged at the close of the Kimberly Process Intercessional Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. 

As the curtain came down on the 2018 Kimberly Process (KP) Intersessional Meeting the government is now gearing towards recertification of the diamond industry as mandated by the KP.

Minister of Mines and Mining Development Cde Winston Chitando told the ZBC News the KP Intercessional Meeting provided platform for fruitful engagement adding Zimbabwe is compliant and preparing for recertification.

“Zimbabwe was certified by the KP in 2011 so we are due for recertification and to that extent we are going to be setting up a subcommittee on recertification, we have also invited the KP chair and the World Diamond Council chair for a review visit,” he said.

Key issues that came under spotlight comprise the reform agenda of the KP and alluvial and artisanal mining of diamonds among others.

“This has been a very good week of meetings, in which we focused on what the substance of the Kimberly Process is about,” said Minister Chitando.

The KP meeting ends on a high note for Zimbabwe especially after futile attempts were made by the Farai Maguwu led Centre for Natural Resources governance to taint the local diamond industry in bad light on the pretext of human rights violations in Marange.