obert mpofu 01-11-10.jpgThe Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting begins in Jerusalem, Israel, on Monday, with the reform of the organisation expected to be a key issue.

 

The Kimberly Process Annual Plenary, which will run from the 1st to the 4th of November in the city of Jerusalem, comes at the back of growing interests in the Marange diamonds by the international market as well as increased support for the authorisation of stockpiled diamonds estimated to be over 4 million carats.

Issues to take centre stage at the meeting include resolution on the stockpiled Marange diamonds, the reform of the KP as well as the selection of a new executive. 

Prior to the meeting, the US and her allies have been mulling plans to restrict access of the Zimbabwe diamonds on the international market by introducing a KP Plus Model, which will be a special group within the KP with the mandate to dictate the quantity of gemstones to be sold by any producing country.

kimberley_process.jpgOn the other hand, the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) as well as countries such as India, China, Malaysia, Russia, and other Asian nations have affirmed their support for the export of stockpiles of the Marange diamonds given the current shortage of the commodity on the international market.

Zimbabwe has a strong delegation to the meeting, which is being led by the Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu.

The US is also expected to send a strong team to the meeting and for the first time in so many years, a high profile US representative, the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, Jose Fernandez, is expected to attend the meeting to push for the US agenda.

The annual KP Plenary meeting is a high profile gathering for the global diamond watchdog where administrative decisions are made and last year in Swakopmund, Namibia, the body resolved on a Joint Work Plan to align Zimbabwe’s diamond mining with the KP standards, much to the disgruntlement of the western countries and civil society who had hoped for the suspension of the country from the Kimberley Process.