IDMA: 'Implement KPCS Monitor's recommendations now"

14.07.2010: IDMA calls for immediate implementation of KP Monitor's recommendations, receives invitation to hold IDMA's 2011 Presidents' Meeting in Botswana The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) concluded its deliberations during the 34th W

IDMA calls for immediate implementation of KP Monitor's recommendations, receives invitation to hold IDMA's 2011 Presidents' Meeting in Botswana 


 

The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) concluded its deliberations during the 34th World Diamond Congress, the biennial joint congress of IDMA and the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) that took place in Moscow, Russia, from July 11 to 13, 2010.
 
At its meetings, the IDMA members drafted and accepted the following resolutions:
 

IDMA RESOLUTION 1:

The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) views the continued cooperation among the three pillars of the Kimberley Process Certification Schedule (KPCS) - governments, industry and civil society - essential to the future of the diamond industry and reaffirms its commitment to the highest ethical principles throughout our industry.
 
The best interests of the diamond industry and the international community are well served by the KPCS. Yet, IDMA recognizes some operational shortcomings.
 
IDMA supports reform of the KPCS voting mechanism that will enable the KPCS to be more effective. Further, we encourage the KPCS to develop an administrative support system to facilitate a smooth transition from one chairman to the next.
 

IDMA RESOLUTION 2:

The IDMA is deeply concerned about the KPCS impasse on Zimbabwe and expresses its strong support for the Joint Work Plan agreed between KPCS and the Government of Zimbabwe, and the constructive activities of the KPCS appointed monitor. IDMA calls for the immediate implementation of the KP Monitor's recommendation to the Working Group Monitoring (WGM) to certify the exports of those mining companies which meet the KPCS's members standards.
 
 
IDMA president Moti Ganz informed the IDMA members, that together with trade consultant Chaim even Zohar, he had conducted an on-site inspection of the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe and had met with key political players in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital. In Moscow, Even Zohar presented an in-depth review of the Marange diamond production.
 
Ganz said that it must be clear that trade in non-KP certified rough diamonds remains and must remain strictly prohibited.

"During our deliberations in the past days here in Moscow, the IDMA membership reiterated its unequivocal support of the policies and actions  undertaken by the World Diamond Council (WDC) and expressed in the strongest possible terms our genuine support for human rights and sustainable, long-term development for all people involved in the diamond supply chain, and the desire that they benefit from their labors,' Ganz noted.
 
One of the other subjects discussed was the International Diamond Board (IDB), in particular the obstacles the diamond producers and manufacturers are facing in getting this crucial initiative off the ground.
 
"It seems that all parties that been asked to support this important venture understand the value of the creation of an entity that will advance generic diamond promotion and advertising projects in the global diamond jewelry consumer markets,' Ganz said. "IDMA sincerely hopes that the parties involved will make significant progress soon.
 
With regard to the planned Presidents' Meeting of 2011, Ganz announced that IDMA had been invited by the Botswana government, the country's diamond producers and the local diamond industry to  holds its meeting there. "We are very excited to have been invited to this prime diamond production center,' Ganz said.
 
Before the close of the IDMA meetings, the IDMA members voted in their new board. IDMA President Moti Ganz, Secretary-General Ronnie VanderLinden and Treasurer Stephane Fischler were all re-elected to their positions. Eduard Denckens, Ronald Friedman, Vasant Mehta and Maxim Shkadov were all elected to serve as vice presidents.
 
Ben Kinzler, general counsel of the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA), was appointed as the organization's (IDMA) Legal Counsel.
   


About IDMA:


The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) was founded and convened for the first time in 1946 in Antwerp. It is committed to fostering and promoting the highest ideals of integrity and best practices throughout the diamond industry worldwide, as well as full compliance with all relevant national and international laws.

Towards this end, the organization has developed and adopted a Code of Conduct which is binding on all members. IDMA also works to encourage fair and honorable practices and decent working conditions for those employed in the diamond industry; and to preserve, protect and promote the trust and confidence of consumers with respect to diamonds and diamond products. It encourages and supports social responsibility by the diamond industry worldwide. IDMA seeks to take a unified leadership role on all issues affecting the industry and convenes bi-annually, at the same time as the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB).

The Congress includes a session of the general assemblies of both organizations, where joint resolutions are passed on current issues of concern.  IDMA played an active role in establishing the Kimberly Process and is a co-founder of the World Diamond Council.  IDMA has 12 national member associations representing virtually all diamond manufacturers worldwide. Visit the IDMA website at: www.idma.net.



Ronnie VanderLinden,  Ya'akov Almor -

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