The World Diamond Council, togetherÂ with the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, have authorised the certification ofÂ part of the stock of diamonds piled at Chiadzwa in Manicaland Province.Â
The decision was madeÂ on ThursdayÂ following a two-day World Diamond Council 7th AnnualÂ 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.Â Â Â Â Â
He assured the World Diamond Council and other KP participants that Zimbabwe remains commited to theÂ KP Certification Scheme.Â Â Â
KP chairman,Â Mr. BoazÂ HirschÂ who described the outcome as a major breakthroughÂ for the KP, said theÂ positive conclusionÂ was made possible through constructive dialogueÂ by participantsÂ 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 ofÂ 4,4 million carats have been produced since the beginningÂ of the yearÂ from the countryâ€™s four diamondÂ mines includingÂ Mbada and Canadile.Â