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KP in Membership Talks With Mozambique

Nov 6, 2016 10:23 AM   By Rapaport News
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   The Kimberley Process (KP) chair met Mozambique’s President and Prime Minister to discuss the country’s bid to join the KP.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem (pictured, right) spoke with President Filipe Nyusi (left) and Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário about measures the country needs to implement to enter the KP fold. He also met Domingos Artur, Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Culture and Tourism, as well as the Chief of Staff of the nation’s army.

The discussion centered on the government’s progress toward compliance with the KP standards. Mozambique is currently not a member but bid to join in 2012. Local authorities have stepped up efforts to secure the candidacy after diamonds were discovered earlier this year in the Massangena district of the Gaza province.

“For years, the precious metals and gemstones sectors have been among the main drivers of the country’s growth and given the challenging economic conditions today, it is now more important than ever to extend our support to the Mozambican leaders to help them meet the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme requirements,” Bin Sulayem said.

The Maputo government has approved several measures that will come into effect November 20 to bolster its chances of joining the KP. These include the creation of a supervising agency, the Kimberley Process Management Unit, and a “decree” that regulates diamond, precious metals and gemstone sales.
Tags: Domingos Artur, Kimberley Process, Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, Kimberley Process Management Unit, KP, Maputo, Massangena, Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, Mozambique, Rapaport News, Rough Diamonds
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