The government has called for the adoption of international standards when it comes to security in the diamond sector to promote accountability in the gemstones value chain.
Addressing stakeholders at the Zimbabwe Consolidate Diamond Company diamond security feedback meeting held in Mutare on Monday, Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development Polite Kambamura said all sectors in the diamond value chain are obliged to implement internal controls in order to implement optimum diamond security and accounting systems.
“We can not be an island that can be isolated from the influence of others. The government has completed an effective legal and regulatory frameworks in the diamond value chain.
“The objective is to promote accountability from point of mining to point of trade. Players that are coming in the sector are obliged by the law to operate under valid licenses issued by the government.
“All sectors in the diamond sector are obliged to implement internal controls in order to implement optimum diamond security and accounting systems,” he said.
He added that the internal controls comprise of appropriate security measures for securing diamond mining and handling securities.
“These internal controls comprise of appropriate security rules for securing diamond mining and handling securities.
“We need to invest more on security after we have explored diamonds. Its high time we adopt international standards when it comes to security so that we can mine responsibly and avoid playing blame games with the community or other people,” added Kambamura.