Russia question lingers as KP debates Kasane agenda

On and on: Analysts believe Russia’s war in Ukraine may last through the year PIC: MARCA
On and on: Analysts believe Russia’s war in Ukraine may last through the year PIC: MARCA

The question of whether the upcoming Kasane meeting of global diamond producers, lobby groups, and NGOs will expand the definition of conflict diamonds to include acts of aggression by Russia in Ukraine will be decided in the next four weeks. Mmegi Staff Writer MBONGENI MGUNI explains

The global diamond industry meets in Kasane on June 20, a keenly awaited event as the world’s biggest producer of precious stones, Russia, continues its military invasion of Ukraine.

The Kimberley Process (KP), consisting of 85 countries, diamond producers, observer groups, and civic organisations, faces a moment of truth in its nearly two-decade history of being the world’s premier watchdog for conflict diamonds.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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