Zimbabwe - Lifting of EU embargo on diamonds

date: 24 September 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is of the opinion that today’s decision by the EU will improve transparency in the trade of diamonds from Zimbabwe by allowing the export of these diamonds to Antwerp, the centre offering the best guarantee for transparency and certification.

This unanimous decision is a new step in the Kimberley Process’s certification system, which was implemented last year.

The European Union’s intention is to ensure that profits from the sale of these diamonds will be used to the benefit of the development and welfare of Zimbabweans.

The agency responsible for putting these diamonds on the market was not involved in financing the recent electoral campaign. This allowed for the lifting of a restrictive measure imposed upon this agency.

Lastly, the EU is waiting on the report from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union before making a definitive judgement on the free and transparent character of the recent elections. Local observers had after all reported irregularities in the election process.