kimberley_process.jpgKimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) participants are set to converge in Kinshasa, DRC from the 30th October to the 3rd of November for the 2011 KP plenary, amid high expectation by the local mining industry that the dispute around Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds will be concluded.

As expected, there has been a lot of politicisation of the Marange diamonds and concerted efforts to disrupt the meeting with some members of the KP, civic society namely Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) and Global Witness, having indicated that they will not participate at the gathering.

Indigenous Business Development Centre Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Joshua Marufu and a local mining expert, Mr. Donald Chanaiwa who are upbeat of a favourable outcome from the meeting, expressed confidence that outstanding issues around Marange diamonds will be resolved.

The recent intercessional meeting held in DRC resolved that there should be unconditional export of diamonds mined by Mbada and Marange Resources while the other mining companies in Chiadzwa will be subject to monitoring before certification.

Mining experts concur that Anjin, which is a joint venture between Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and a Chinese firm, has fully complied with the minimum KP requirements and should be allowed to commence the exportation of the gemstones which are currently on demand on the international market, the US included.