Antwerp World Diamond Centre Continues to Support Diamond Development Initiative

10/02/2017 09:51

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) was acknowledged for their grant to the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an initiative dedicated to improving the social and economic conditions of artisanal, small-scale miners and their families.

“AWDC has been a longstanding and reliable partner,” says Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI. “Their support enables DDI to continue its efforts to formalize the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in ways that benefit miners, their communities and local economies.”

“Artisanal mining accounts for almost 20 per cent of diamond production,” says Stephane Fischler, President of AWDC. “Supporting DDI is the best way we know to ensure that programs are being implemented to ensure that artisanal production respects standards for human rights, health and safety, and environmental sustainability.”

Ari Epstein, Chief Executive Officer of AWDC, says, “Our collaboration with DDI is significant for us. Through DDI, we are able to contribute to the social and economic development of artisanal diamond miners, who are important participants in the diamond supply chain.”

Among the organization's many accomplishments this past year, in 2016 DDI became a full member of the Kimberley Process Working Group on Monitoring, participated in the KP Review Visit to Cameroon and, together with the CEEC (Centre d'Evaluation, d'Expertise et de Certification) in the DRC, held a joint workshop on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to explain the role of different entities in the scheme and the importance of internal controls for KP compliance.