Kimberley Process Intersessional

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Organiser

Kimberley Process Certification Scheme

Location

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel
Astridplein
Antwerp

Description

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was founded in 2003 by a unique coalition of governments, civil society and the diamond industry and is a tool to eliminate conflict diamonds. In 2018, the European Union holds the rotating Chairmanship of the Kimberley Process. As Chair, the EU will be responsible for the organisation of two yearly meetings of the KP. The first is the Intersessional meeting, which will take place in in Antwerp in the week of June, 18th, 2018.

With Antwerp as the world’s most important trade centre for rough diamond, Belgium works closely with the European Union and other partners within the Kimberley Process (KP). Belgium and Antwerp have always ambitioned a rigorous application of the KP rules. No less than 84% of the world trade in rough diamonds passes through Antwerp. Oversight is done by the Diamond Office who plays a pioneering role in the strict application of the KP norms, while focusing on efficiency and transparency. During the Intersessional meeting Antwerp is willing to share its experience and know-how with diamond producing countries.