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Operations

ROUGH DIAMOND

PMMC is responsible for the marketing of the rough diamonds produced in Ghana. The marketing system in operation is open to all prospective foreign companies desirous of purchasing Ghana diamond. Interested foreign companies are required to send applications indicating their intentions to purchase diamonds in Ghana, for consideration.

DIAMOND

Ghana currently produces about 500,000 carats of rough diamonds annually. This is made up of mixed parcels. The Company acquires its rough diamonds mainly from the private diamond winners which include individual small scale diamond mining companies. For the purchase and export of rough diamonds, the Company operates an open market system for marketing the rough diamonds. This is done in strict compliance with Kimberley Process Certificate Scheme (KPCS) requirements.

Kimberley Process

Ghana is a member of the Kimberley Process.The Kimberley Process started when Southern African diamond producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa in May 2000 to discuss ways to stop the trade in conflict diamonds and ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments

In Dec 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution supporting the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds. By November 2002, negotiations between governments, the international diamond industry and civil society organizations resulted in creating the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme - KPCS

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme – KPCS was implemented in Ghana in 2003 under the Kimberley Process Certificate Act, 2003 which was enacted by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on 24th October 2003

Currently, the Kimberley Process – KP secretariat in Ghana is situated at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Chaired by Mr. Ben Aryee (Focal Person).
Precious Minerals Marketing Company - PMMC has been assigned by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to issue the Kimberley Process certificate and regulate all diamond trade in Ghana. The KP office in Precious Minerals Marketing Company collects all the diamond statistics and forwards it to the KP authorities

The Kimberley Process Office in PMMC is under the technical department and headed by Mr. Ofori Amanfo and scheduled to a trained diamond valuer Ms. Hajaratu Kazeem, who is well vested in the rules and regulation of the KP. She ensures that the export of diamonds takes place within the framework of Kimberley process before the KP certificate is issued.
Before the parcels of diamonds are exported, they are inspected to make sure that illegal diamonds do not make their way into the diamond markets of the world. The KP office ensures that all diamonds exported from Ghana are conflict free and meets KP requirements and guidelines
For further enquiries on issues related to KP certificates, statistics and export of rough diamonds, contact Ms Hajaratu Kazeem through any of the following addresses:
kimberly.processgh@pmmc.gov.gh
Hajaratu.kazeem@pmmc.gov.gh

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