obert mpofu ed.jpgThe World Diamond Council, together with the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, have authorised the certification of part of the stock of diamonds piled at Chiadzwa in Manicaland Province. 



The decision was made on Thursday following a two-day World Diamond Council 7th Annual Meeting held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

This will see Zimbabwe exporting diamonds mined from both Mbada and Canadile mines during the period of May 28 to the 1st of August this year as well as those to be mined from 1 August to 1 September this year.

Addressing a news conference shortly after the breakthrough on the sale of Zimbabwean diamonds, the head of the Zimbabwean delegation, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Obert Mpofu, expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting.     

He assured the World Diamond Council and other KP participants that Zimbabwe remains commited to the KP Certification Scheme.   

KP chairman, Mr. Boaz Hirsch who described the outcome as a major breakthrough for the KP, said the positive conclusion was made possible through constructive dialogue by participants in the KP meeting.

Meanwhile, a KP review mission is expected in the country during the first week of next month to assess progress by Zimbabwe towards full compliance with the minimum KP requirements in diamond mining.

A total of 4,4 million carats have been produced since the beginning of the year from the country’s four diamond mines including Mbada and Canadile.