The UAE Ministry of Economy has officially appointed Ahmed Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP) for 2016, according to a press note received by Rough&Polished.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem will be officially responsible for chairing the KP in 2016, carrying out official duties and implementing new initiatives in-line with the organisation’s aims and objectives.
Commenting on his appointment, Ahmed Bin Sulayem said, “It is a great honour to have been appointed Kimberley Process Chair by both the KP and the UAE, with the great responsibility to implement the KP’s vision and plans for the diamond industry in 2016. The UAE will use this opportunity to focus on areas that will have the greatest impact on growth and development, in addition to sustaining the core values of the organisation.”
Ahmed Bin Sulayem aims to strengthen the ties between government, industry decision makers and with the KP’s civil society, which includes representatives from key non-governmental organisations. He also expressed his goal to assist newly admitted countries, along with those that seek to join the KP, with technical assistance, training and consensus building through seminars and conferences.
His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy, commented: “The UAE is honoured to have been elected KP Chair by its fellow members. It was a practical and straightforward decision to appoint Ahmed Bin Sulayem as Chair. He has led Dubai’s drive to become a global commodities hub for over a decade and has a deep understanding of the diamond industry.”
In a formal ceremony to hand over the Chairmanship to the UAE, Angola’s Bernardo Campos, who served, on behalf of Angola, as KP Chair 2015, congratulated Ahmed Bin Sulayem and voiced his support.
“It has been a great honour to represent the Kimberley Process and to work alongside the UAE,” he said. “We have a shared goal to set about consolidating the achievements of the last 12 years and strengthening the ties between all three pillars; government, industry and civil society. I am confident the UAE will strengthen these ties further in 2016 as well as implement their own vision and plans. 2016 will be an important and exciting year for our industry.”
Source: Rough & Polished