Zimbabwe Considering Bid for KP Chair by 2018

07/07/2015 16:42

Zimbabwe is considering submitting a bid for the chairmanship of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme which is currently held by Angola. Mines and Minerals Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa said the issue of submitting a bid is being carefully considered. He said Zimbabwe is a proud member of the KPCS and has contributed immensely to the defence of the diamond body. "It is not out of line for us to submit a bid. We are full members of the KPCS and a proud member,” said Minister Chidhakwa. Zimbabwe will only submit a bid for the leadership of the KPCS if there is no other diamond producing country at the helm.

Zimbabwe and other diamond producing countries recently repelled attempts by Western countries and NGOs at the KPCS Intercessional Plenary held in Angola to discourage trade in Zimbabwean diamonds. Western countries cited a controversial report that accuses Zimbabwe of money laundering and indirectly funding terrorism by selling local diamonds in the United Arab Emirates.