African diamond producing countries to create association on November 4

8 September 2006

Luanda, Angola, 08 Sept – The African Diamond Producing Countries Association (ADPA) is top be formally created on November 4 at an international conference to be held in Luanda, the city where the organization’s headquarters will be located.

The decision was made during a meeting of experts from the countries involved in setting up the ADPA, which ended Wednesday in the Angolan capital.

The conclusions of the meeting also said that the project for the so-called Luanda Declaration had been approved, and will be formally approved by member countries of the association at the international conference set for the beginning of November.

The experts also approved the project for the ADPA statutes.

The ADPA is an initiative of Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos who put forward a proposal to create it at the beginning of the year.

The African continent currently represents around 60 percent of world rough diamond production, but, despite this weight, African countries have no significant influence on the sectors global strategies.

The meeting of experts that took place over two days in Luanda had representatives from Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Central African Republic, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. (macauhub)