The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Plenary was held from 1st at 4e November 2022 in Gaborone, Botswana continued its commitment to maintaining a conflict-free natural diamond supply chain with constructive and fruitful discussions among participants. The working group reached the desired results and conclusions on various issues through consultations and consensus.
In accordance with the Rules and Procedures of the KPCS Core Document, an Ad Hoc Committee for Review and Reforms (AHCRR) was formed during the Botswana Plenary to oversee the Kimberley Process Review and Reform Round to observe from next year. It was unanimously decided that Angola would be the president and South Africa the vice-president of the AHCRR.
The committee could be made up of other interested former KPC presidents and observers could be Australia, Belarus, Botswana, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, European Union, India, Israel , Namibia, Russian Federation, South Africa, Ukraine, United States United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Zimbabwe, World Diamond Council, Civil Society Coalition, Producers Association of African Diamonds and Diamond Development Initiative as members. The Committee will also be open to the participation of other interested members and observers.
The Indian delegation consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India and the Gem & Jewelery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) helped reframe the wording of the AHCRR terms of reference. India has also played a vital role with other participants in reaching consensus on important issues.
Prolonged and protracted overnight talks unfolded between the two parties viz. Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, EU, US and Canada on final day of plenary on whether or how Russian-Ukrainian conflict language will be inserted into communiqué final. India again played a constructive role in this process through positive interventions to help the two groups reach consensus.
The Plenary entrusted the AHCRR with tasks covering proposals on the definition of “conflict diamond”, strengthening the KPCS through technical assistance, structural review to address the challenges faced due to diamond mining activities diamonds through CSR to support Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM), country KP compliance and governance issues. The AHCRR will become operational by the first quarter of 2023 and report to the Plenary with its recommendations, preferably by 2023.
The physical office of the KPCS with a permanent secretariat will be located in Botswana and is expected to be operational by 2024. The official office will support the regular activities and initiatives of the KPCS will improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
The Indian delegation visited diamond factories in Botswana and met with Dr. Rajesh Ranjan, India’s High Commissioner to Botswana. They discussed the possibility of exploring bilateral affairs. GJEPC and the Ministry of Trade and Industry will continue to explore opportunities with the Government of Botswana. in the best interests of the Indian gemstone and jewelry trade.
India welcomes Zimbabwe as KP Chairman and UAE as Vice Chairman for 2023.