Tanzanite Task Force in Tanzania

The Steering Committee of the Tucson Tanzanite Task Force spent the first week of April in Tanzania to check the status of the Tucson Tanzanite Protocols. The committee visited the city of Arusha and the mine site at Mererani and said it was pleased to see that "substantial progress" already had been made. Committee members are Douglas Hucker, executive director of the American Gem Trade Association; Richard Krementz, Krementz Gemstones; Cecilia Gardner, executive director and general counsel for the Jewelers Vigilance Committee; and Matthew Runci, president and CEO of Jewelers of America. The week included meetings with government ministers and members of the Mererani Reconciliation Committee, the Zonal Mining Office, the U.S. embassy, the mining and dealers associations TAMIDA and AREMA, and South African mining company AFGEM. The Task Force also visited mining blocks A, B C, and D a

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