Rajiv Jain, Chairman, Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council

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Official Statement from Rajiv Jain, Chairman, Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council

June 24, 2011
India
Official Statement from Rajiv Jain, Chairman, Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council

Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council is deeply disheartened by the disagreement in position between the consuming countries and African producers at KP Intersessional at Kinshasa. The decision affects the livelihood of millions in India who are involved with the diamond industry in different capacities. Being their representatives and on behalf of the largest stakeholder in the diamond manufacturing world today, we decry the divisions that are stopping the rightful exports from compliant mines in Marange of Zimbabwe. The politicisation of the process is demeaning the good efforts of the industry in forging an effective alliance and creating a mechanism against conflict diamonds in today’s world. Being one of the founders of KP, we will not allow these happenings to stop the rightful means of African people to earn their own resources.
India remains committed to compliance with Kimberly Process and the continuance of the system with all its checks and balances in accordance to the directives and decision taken by KP. We urge that good counsel should prevail amongst all the members and they come at a common position to move forward on treatment of the situation at Marange.
Notes to Editor
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council is an all – India apex body for Gem & Jewellery representing 5,500 members. Set up in 1966, it operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Dolly Choudhary, GJEPC, 91-9987753823
Ms. Toral Sanghavi, Clea PR, 91-90049622

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