First U.S. Kimberley Process Review Visit Takes Place

A six-person international delegation representing the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme met in late June with the U.S. government and the diamond and jewelry industry for the first U.S. Peer Review. Each participating country in the Kimberley Process has agreed in principle to host a review team to assess implementation of the requirements of the KPCS. Eighteen reviews have already taken place, including the visit to the United States. A three-day meeting held June 28–30 in New York and Washington focused on how the government and the industry were complying with both the government-regulated KPCS and the voluntary System of Warranties that underpins the government program, which was introduced by the World Diamond Council. The KPCS delegation was composed of members from three Kimberley Process participants, the World Diamond Council, and nongovernmental organizations. They

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