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Ahmed Bin Sulayem Appointed UAE’s Kimberley Process Chair

Dec 22, 2015 10:12 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ministry of Economy has appointed Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, as the country’s chair of the Kimberley Process (KP) for 2016.

Sulayem will be responsible for official duties in 2016 and implementing new initiatives in line with the KP’s aims and objectives, according to a statement December 20. The UAE was appointed as KP chair in November 2015.

“It is a great honour to have been appointed Kimberley Process Chair by both the KP and the UAE, with the great responsibility to implement the KP’s vision and plans for the diamond industry in 2016,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem said.

“The UAE will use this opportunity to focus on areas that will have the greatest impact on growth and development, in addition to sustaining the core values of the organisation.”

Sulayem aims to strengthen ties between government, industry decision makers and the KP’s civil society, a group of non-profit organizations. He also aims to give technical assistance and training to newly-admitted countries and those that wish to join the KP, as well as building consensus through seminars and conferences.

Dubai’s diamond trade has grown from $5 million when the KP was established in 2003 to more than $35 billion in 2014, Sulayem said.
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