The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) delegation, which is on a three day fact finding mission on the Chiadzwa diamond mining activities, says it will come up with an independent report to be presented at the annual Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting set for Tel Aviv, Israel in November this year.
The visit by the ADPA team follows the associationâ€™s meeting held in South Africa on the 16th of July where a decision was taken to assess developments in Zimbabweâ€™s diamond industry.
Head of the visiting ADPA delegation, South Africa Minister of Mineral Resources, Mrs. Susan Shabangu expressed the associationâ€™s commitment in responding to any of its memberâ€™s challenges and added that the teamâ€™s observations will be included in an independent report to be presentedÂ in November.
â€œIt is important for us to come up with our own independent report based on observations made.
â€œWe are going to take this report to the annual KP plenary set for Israel,â€ saidÂ Mrs. Shabangu.Â Â Â Â
Mrs. Shabangu also noted that the continent which is home to most of diamond producing nations should come up with strategies to ensure that Africa fully benefits from the exploitation of the diamonds including value addition strategies.
The team which comprises ministers from several diamond producing nations on the continent as well as representatives of ADPA executive secretariat, is expected to meet with key stakeholders in the local diamond industry before their departure.