Kimberley Process Presents Roadmap for CAR Compliance

30/06/2015 08:57

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has developed a work plan to resume rough diamond exports from the Central African Republic (CAR), which would partially end the sanctions of the country’s diamond production. Bernado Campos, Angola’s chairman of the KP, explained that KP participants and observers reached an understanding that CAR may commence exporting rough diamonds upon full implementation of a proposed operational framework and pending completion of a proposed KP review mission to the country. CAR has been suspended from the KP since May 2013 (See full "Operational Framework" document here). 

The lifting of sanctions would only apply to compliant zones, which are under sufficient government control and where there is no evidence of a systematic rebel based or army group activity that impacts the diamond trade, the group stated. CAR is reported to be holding a stockpile of 66,000 carats valued at between $6 million and $12 million. Edward Asscher, president of the World Diamond Council, said, “Those goods recovered during the sanction period will not be allowed to be exported.” Asscher added that negotiations are still under way to appoint the United Arab Emirates as the next Kimberley Process chair.