Moçambique to sign up for Kimberley Process

20 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Sept – Mozambique is preparing to sign up to the International Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which aims to prevent the circulation and sales of so-called blood-diamonds, Rádio Moçambique reported.

Obede Matine, the assistant national director for Mines of the Natural Resources Ministry, told the radio station that a meeting was scheduled to take place in Bilene, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, which will bring together the government, the private sector and the 30 companies authorised for diamond prospecting and surveying, during which the many aspects covered by the Kimberley process will be discussed.

“Although we are not yet diamond producers, we want to prepare ourselves for the entry or exit of diamonds from our country, which have been mined in conflict situations,” Matine told Rádio Moçambique.

Matine also said that Mozambique’s geological setting indicated the potential existence of diamonds, and thus the country should prepare itself now by joining the Kimberley Process.

The Kimberley Process has 49 members representing 75 countries, (the European Union and its member states counting as a single member), which together account for 99.8 percent of the world’s rough diamond production. (macauhub)