UAE Kimberley Process
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is a joint government, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. It imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict free’ and prevent illegitimate diamonds from entering the legitimate trade. It was set up to assure consumers that by purchasing diamonds they were not financing war and human rights abuse.
Under the Kimberley Process Scheme, rough diamond shipments can only be exported and imported between participant member countries of the Kimberley Process. No uncertified shipments of rough diamonds will be permitted to enter or leave a participant’s country. This ring-fences conflict diamonds and as such ensures they are unable to enter the legitimate diamond supply chain and therefore, cannot be used to fund wars against legitimate governments.
UAE KP Office
The United Arab Emirates, in its efforts to streamline its trade with global standards and to protect the legitimate diamond industry, became a Kimberley Process member in 2002. KPCS was implemented in the UAE in 2003 by the Ministry of Economy, making the UAE the first Arab country to introduce this process, and the DMCC Authority the only entry and exit point for rough diamonds in the country.
For further information and to see the KP participant list, please go to the officialKimberley Process website