Diamond Development Initiative expands into the DRC
The Diamond Development Initiative, the organization working to improve the lives of artisanal miners around the globe, is partnering with Promines to improve the governance of metals mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, expanding the organization’s scope beyond diamonds.
DEF, Forevermark partner for education program
Forevermark and the Diamond Empowerment Fund are teaming up and launching the Forevermark Promise Scholars program this year, which will provide assistance to DEF’s educational beneficiaries in Africa.
DEF donates $175K to educational institutions
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has given a $175,000 grant to be split among its three beneficiaries, all of which provide higher education in diamond-producing nations.
No date set for tender of Marange goods
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said it doesn’t have a firm date for its tender of rough diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region, rebuffing reports that the sale started this week.
KP recognizes that Cote d’Ivoire is compliant
Though there is no new definition for conflict, members of the Kimberley Process did pave the way for one nation to get back into the diamond trade at last week’s plenary in Johannesburg.
Diamond manufacturer gives millions for hospital
The shareholders of Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., a De Beers Group sightholder and diamond and jewelry manufacturer, have earmarked some funds for a very important and altruistic purpose.
‘Conflict’ definition seems unlikely to change
It’s time again for the Kimberley Process’ annual plenary meeting, and process observers say a broader definition of “conflict” diamond doesn’t seem any closer to finding the support it needs to pass this year.
WDC now restricts presidents to a single term
After being led by the same individual for more than a dozen years, the World Diamond Council (WDC), the organization created as the diamond industry’s voice on the issue of conflict diamonds, has established a term limit for its president.
Tender of Marange goods possible this year
Representatives from Zimbabwe paid a visit to Antwerp this week to discuss organizing a sale of rough diamonds from the country’s Marange region before the end of 2013.
Rapaport to speak on undisclosed synthetics
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has announced that Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, will give a speech at its November conference about the issue of undisclosed synthetics, which again has been making headlines in the trade.
IDEX Online: AWDC welcomes sanctions lift
In an official statement published Tuesday the Antwerp World Diamond
Centre (AWDC) responded to the lifting of restrictive measures on the
Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) by the European Union.
New report details ups, downs of the KP
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) recently published a report on the
Kimberley Process on behalf of the KP’s civil society coalition,
intended for use by the industry and the general public.
NGO: EU lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions was rushed
A decision by European Union to lift sanctions against a state-run
diamond mining company in Zimbabwe is drawing criticism from the same
non-governmental organization that exited the Kimberley Process over
issues in the nation.
Belgium, EU at odds over Zimbabwe mining co.
Reuters reports that Belgium is pushing for the European Union to lift
sanctions on the state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Corp. (ZMDC)
despite other countries’ concerns over alleged fraud in the July
election that kept President Robert Mugabe in office.