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Angola readies to take over KP presidency next year

30 october 2014
Angola is preparing to take over the presidency of the Kimberley Process (KP) next year from China, local media reports.
State-owned news agency Angop quoted the country’s geology and mining minister Francisco Queiroz as saying that Angola would focus on helping producing countries with security problems to meet KP’s minimum standards as well as assist them get certified.
“We have an important contribution [to do] in the area of diamond mining,” he said.
Queiroz said that Angola would also offer assistance in the management of artisanal exploration of diamonds, given its vast experience in the area.
KP was established in 2002 to prevent the trading of the so-called blood diamonds.
The process had largely eradicated the selling of illegal diamonds, although leakages were still reported in some parts of Africa. Members had been of late debating on the need to expand the definition of conflict diamonds. However, this move was facing opposition from mostly African countries and Angola would likely not push the agenda.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished