Central African Republic Resumes Diamond Imports

The compliant zones must have procedures to ensure traceability

The Central African Republic (CAR), suspended from the Kimberley Process since 2013, is resuming diamond exports from one area.

The KP CAR monitoring team recently declared Berbérati a compliant zone, enabling exports as long as procedures exist to ensure traceability, according to a statement from current KP chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem, who represents United Arab Emirates. This month, that team okayed the first shipment.

In July 2015, the KP agreed in principle that CAR could resume diamond exports from compliant zones. In March of this year, the UAE KP chair facilitated a meeting with CAR’s minister of mines and the country’s largest diamond miner in which they agreed to that framework.

“This will ensure that traceable, conflict-free diamonds enter the supply chain, as well as ultimately enhance the livelihood of the country’s 4 million people, whereof 500,000 are directly involved in mining,” said Bin Sulayem in a statement.

JCK News Director