3 Questions for…Andrey Polyakov

Andrey Polyakov, vice president of Russian diamond producer Alrosa, became president of the World Diamond Council in May. He spoke to us at the JCK Las Vegas show in early June.  JCK: Recently, the WDC attempted to mediate the ongoing dispute between the current Kimberley Process chair—the United Arab Emirates—and the NGO coalition, but the effort failed. How do you see that? Polyakov: The absence of any observers hurts the KP. The NGOs remain involved in KP’s everyday workings, in working groups, in conference calls, in review missions. We should find a way to get them back to full participation. I don’t want a situation where one of the diamond centers will start a fight with NGOs. It is useless, and everybody will lose. We want a positive agenda. JCK: Some say that while De Beers, Rio Tinto, and Dominion all do individual promotional work, Alrosa does relatively little. Wi

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