democratic republic of congo to chair kimberley
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was selected as the nation that will chair the Kimberley Process (KP) in 2011, according to a news release issued over the weekend in Jerusalem. Congo at one time was the second largest diamond producer in the world and the top supplier of diamonds to the United States and Australia. Congo’s history is deeply rooted in the diamond trade as it is believed to be responsible for the cause of civil war in the country. Israel is the current Kimberley Process Chair, a position the United States was rumored to be vying for. It should be interesting to see what changes will be made, if any, considering DRC’s background and personal history.
Kadi Kabeya, a fine filmmaker from Congo who is now living in Canada, produced a series of documentary videos explaining the political history of the DRC (above). There is also a good book by Dave Donaldson if you are interested in learning more about Congo and its relationship to the industry.
In the meanwhile, there is still no consensus on allowing rough diamond exports from Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange region from the Kimberly Process.