NAMIBIA will be instated as the Chair of the African Diamond Producing countries Association (ADPA) council of ministers.
The chairmanship is set to be inaugurated on Monday, 8 July, at a meeting which will see leaders from diamond producing African countries discussing the future of diamond production on the continent.
Namibia was nominated as the Vice Chair for the 6th ADPA Council of ministers for the year 2018. Subsequently,
Namibia will assume chairpersonship for next ADPA Council of ministers, taking over from Guinea Conakry.
The event is set to take place in Windhoek next week on 8 and 9 July and will see leaders share experiences and cooperation in the various branches of the diamond industry.
The Namibian cabinet at its 3rd meeting held on 27 February 2007 resolved that government will back Namibia’s compliance to ADPA.
Namibia remains an effective member until this day.
During this forum, members and observers will have an opportunity to formulate general policies for the function of ADPA, approve the organic structure of ADPA, internal regulations, as well as approve and direct the work of the Executive Secretariat of the committee of experts and other organs of ADPA.
The ADPA consists of 18 member states, of which 12 are effective members and 6 are observers. Effective members are diamond producing countries that have adhered to the present ADPA statutes, Namibia being one of them.
Observer countries are those that have geological potential of diamonds and may eventually become diamond produces.
The official hand over of the chairpersonship will be realized at the 6th Ordinary, which is set to commence on Monday.