ABU DHABI, 31st May, 2016 (WAM) — The joint committee for Kimberly Process held its first meeting today at the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC), which was presided over by Maryam Al Hashemi, Director of the Kimberly at the Centre.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was represented in the meeting by Hamad Obaid Al Zaabi, Deputy Director of International Organisations and member of the committee.

The meeting opened with a presentation by the DMCC on the UAE’s achievements in implementing international standards and commitments to regulate the diamond trade.

Also discussed was the MOU, signed recently between the Ministry of Economy and the DMCC to support and enhance cooperation and coordination between the two sides concerning the supervision of import, export and transit of rough diamonds to and from the country, in line with the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme on the international trade in rough diamonds.

The UAE is the chair of the Kimberly Process. In 2003, the UAE became the first Arab nation to join the Kimberley Process.

The Kimberley Process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa, in May 2000, to discuss ways to stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments.