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KP Chair Makes Symbolic Visit to CAR

Jun 21, 2016 9:19 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Ahmed Bin Sulayem has become the first sitting Kimberley Process chairman to visit the Central African Republic (CAR), embarking on the trip after the country recently resumed diamond exports.

“My visit here this week is to see for myself not only what progress has been made at senior level, but what it’s like on the ground now that the country has turned a corner,” said Bin Sulayem, the United Arab Emirates-based chair of the KP for 2016.

“The people here are reliant on this industry and the government is determined to work with the Kimberley Process at every level, to ensure they get it right, from the people’s perspective as well as from the government’s.”

Bin Sulayem (pictured, left) met with Faustin-Archange Touadera, President of the CAR (right), and Leopold Mboli Fratran, the newly appointed Minister of Mines. The tour also involved visits to townships and remote villages, including the diamond areas of Carnot, Boda and Nola.

Diamond exports from the CAR resumed earlier this month under a Kimberley Process mandate following a three-year moratorium.

“We look forward to fully integrating ourselves back into the international marketplace as soon as possible and thank the efforts of Mr Bin Sulayem and this team for making this happen,” President Touadera said.
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