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UAE KP Chair pledges US$25,000 to Independent Fund for NGOs at KP Plenary

17 november 2016
Leopold Mboli Fratran, Minister of Mines from the Central African Republic and the UAE KP Chair, Ahmed Bin Sulayem held discussions with civil society organisations and African experts at the annual KP Plenary. It was announced at the event that the KP Chair will contribute US$25,000, an amount that will potentially be matched by the Australian KP Vice-Chair, as part of a proposed US$105,000 Common Fund for NGOs affiliated with the KP.
Independent NGOs and experts from Africa held discussions with Bin Sulayem.
“The attendance of these individuals from civil society organisations in Africa is the strongest endorsement yet of the progress the UAE has made as KP Chair in the past year,” said Bin Sulayem. "This strong support we have received from the civil society representatives is reassuring; we are indeed on the right path to level the playing field between importing and exporting countries and ensure that African people receive their fair share from diamond production.”
The meetings focused on the UAE KP Chair’s proposals this year to establish a Permanent Secretariat in the UN, primarily directed at giving the initiative greater structure when bringing countries back into the process; and around the establishment of a Common Fund for NGOs in the KP.
At the Meeting, Leopold Mboli Fratran, CAR’s Minister of Mines, said: “On behalf of the CAR government, I would like to extend my appreciation to the restless efforts undertaken by the UAE KP Chair since the beginning of 2016. Not only is UAE KP Chair the first KP Chair to ever visit the CAR but his approach focused on understanding the challenges affecting the African nations and most importantly, the livelihoods of miners and their families. We consider these to be steps in the right direction and we look forward to collaborating further with Bin Sulayem and the KP community to ensure greater compliance with the KP as to halt the illicit diamond trade.”
In conclusion, Bin Suleman said “We would like to encourage the Civil Society Coalition to take the lead of their peers to re-engage in discussions as we continue to have an open door policy to their participation and strongly believe that the KP is strongest when it lives up to its collaborative tripartite structure.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau,Rough& Polished