African government representatives learn diamond valuation in Antwerp

African government representatives learn diamond valuation in Antwerp

In the context of Kimberley Process Technical Assistance, DDI, along with the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) is offering a 2-week course in rough diamond valuation to representatives of four diamond-producing countries. The goal of the training is to help the participants develop their skills in valuation, and enhance their country’s capacity to implement KP certification at the point of export.

According to trainer Nicole Despiegelaere, hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Students are given a sizeable parcel of diamonds every day, and practice sorting for shape, quality and colour, with the teacher’s guidance. In this way, people with varied levels of experience receive customized training to improve their own skills and adapt their learnings to their country context.

For Béatrice Damey from Guinea, the approach is working. “I have never sorted so many diamonds with the help of an expert. I can’t believe how much I have learned in such a short time,” she said.

Based on the success of this course and lessons learned, the AWDC and DDI hope to be able to offer a similar opportunity to other countries next year.

Participants from Liberia and Sierra Leone are sponsored by GIZ, the German International Cooperation agency. DDI assumes the Technical Assistance role in the KP thanks to support from Signet Jewelers.