Gillian Milovanovic, the U.S. chair of the Kimberley Process, is in India to oversee the functioning of the Kimberley Process and better understand the country’s diamond trade.
Milovanovic (pictured), the first woman to serve as Kimberley Process chair, began her two-day visit on Wednesday from Mumbai before proceeding to Surat, the world’s largest diamond cutting and polishing center.
“It is a normal process. The chair goes to the major locations and sees how the Kimberly Process is functioning and how the industry is doing,” said Rajiv Jain, chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). “She was quite satisfied with the way we are functioning.”
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was launched in 2003 to break the link between the sale of rough diamonds and armed conflict. It is a certification-of-origin system in which governments from 76 diamond-producing and -processing countries work together with the diamond industry and civil society to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds.