Angolan minister promotes diamond industry in China

12 November 2014

Angola’s Minister of Geology and Mines, Francisco Queiroz, has met this week in China with several officials of foreign companies operating in the diamond sector, Angolan news agency Angop reported in Luanda.

The Angolan minister’s schedule in China includes meetings with representatives of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Nigeria, Brazil, China, Russia and the United States, to examine possible partnerships with Angolan companies or investments in the country.

The Minister of Geology and Mines travelled to China to attend the plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process (14 November) and for Angola to take on the rotating presidency of the organisation, replacing China.

The plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process is being held in Guangzhou and Angola is represented by a delegation of over 60 people.

The Kimberley Process was initiated in 2000, in the South African city of Kimberley, in and in November 2002 delegations representing 37 countries gathered in Interlaken (Switzerland) to sign the declaration that adopted the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

The Certification Scheme came into force in January 2003 and helped reduce the number of conflict diamonds entering the international market, and the process involved 81 countries that produce, process, import and export diamonds.(macauhub/AO/CN)