Angola: Nation At Kimberly Process Meeting

Washington — An Angolan delegation headed by the minister of Geology and Mining, Manuel Francisco de Queiróis, is expected in Washington to attend the plenary session of the Kimberly Process.

The delegation includes the national coordinator of the Kimberly Process, Mahamba Baptista, the CEOs of ENDIAMA and SODIAMA, Carlos Sumbula and Santo António da Silva, respectively and the chairman of the Artisan and Alluvial Exploration Working Group, Paulo Mvika, the executive secretary of the Kimberly Process and customs and Fiscal Police officials.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the African Diamond Producing Countries Association.

According to the source, the Kimberly Process meeting's agenda includes discussions of administrative mechanisms, review of the process, laws and procedures, artisan and alluvial production, statistics and other topics.

The chairperson of the Kimberly Process, the US ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, visited Angola on May 23-25 this year for the first time for contacts with her local counterparts involved in the process.

The diplomat is the first woman to lead the process and also the first time the US takes up the chair of the institution.

The Kimberley Process was created in 2000, under a joint initiative involving governments, industries and civil societies aimed at preventing illegal sale of conflict diamonds (diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.)

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