By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE’s diamond mining industry has described the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) fact finding mission on Zimbabwe as a key platform to boost international market confidence on local gems.
Players in the local diamond mining sector said the team’s visit is a sign of its commitment to facilitate global confidence on the diamond mining sector.
The KPCS team was in the country this month to assess Zimbabwe’s diamond mining industry compliance on set regulations.
Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) chief executive officer, Mark Mabhudhu said the KPCS visit shows a positive step in ensuring increased market confidence of the mineral.
“The visit was highly interesting in that it comes at a time when Zimbabwe continues to focus on aspects of continued and sustained diamond mineral production in light of the global requirements so indeed it was an eye opener and we are now awaiting for their responses,” he said.
The ZCDC chief also gave an update on the parastatal’s diamond mineral production data during the first quarter.
“It was a mixed bag although we are doing all we can to ensure sustainability in the future to unlock value and facilitate increased production of the diamonds in light of our need to also sustain the export markets.”
The global diamond’s regulatory body’s team to Zimbabwe comprised 20 international delegates from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Belgium, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa among other nations.