Kimberley Process (KP)

KP Overview

The Kimberley Process (KP) is an international mechanism intended to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds onto the global market through the implementation of an import/export certification scheme applicable to rough diamonds. Established in 2003, the KP meets twice a year and brings together 82 participating member states. KP membership requires states to meet certain basic requirements regarding rough diamond handling. The KP is a tripartite system that includes civil society and industry as observers to the process, which is implemented by participating governments.

Kimberley Process (KP)

How does the KP work?

KP Chair oversees the implementation of the KPCS and serves as the Secretariat during the year of its mandate. This chairmanship rotates every year among participant countries with vice chairs taking up the role of chair in the year after their vice chairmanship.

Working Group on Monitoring is responsible for the peer-review mechanism, organizes visits to participants and assesses annual reports.

Working Group on Statistics is mandated to ensure reporting and analysis of statistical data on the production and trade of rough diamonds.

Working Group of Diamond Experts solves technical problems in the implementation of the KP.

Working Group on Artisanal and Alluvial Production aims to promote more effective internal controls on the production and trade of alluvial diamonds.

Committee on Rules and Procedures develops rules and procedures for the KP's functioning as an international mechanism.

Committee on Participation and Chairmanship assists the Chair of the Kimberley Process in handling the admission of new participants, assess KP Chair and Vice Chair candidates, and overseeing compliance failures that may lead to a participant's removal from the scheme.

The KP can also from time to time create Ad Hoc Committees to deal with specific issues that may arise. For example, the Ad Hoc Committee on Review and Reform is responsible for developing recommendations for reform.

  • Issuance of KPC
  • The service allows the Diamond Licensees to import and export rough diamonds from and to countries that are members of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPSC). The certificate is required every time rough diamonds are imported and exported.

  • Who is eligible?
  • Citizen and non-citizen businesses.

  • How do I get this service?
  • Make a written notice with KP Authority for inspection at least 2 days in advance. KP Authority will inspect diamonds/shipment/documents with invoices. After the inspection of consignment, customer fills in the Kimberley Process application form, for rough diamond export.
    If approved, the customer will be issued the signed Kimberley Process Certificate.

  • What supporting documents are required?
  • Diamond Cutting Licence or the Diamond Dealer's Licence. An invoice for the shipment/diamonds.

  • How long will this service take?
  • Two (2) days.

  • How much does it cost?
  • Free of charge

  • Where can I obtain this service?

  • Department of Diamond Affairs
    Private Bag 13297

    Ministry of Mines and Energy Building
    6 Aviation Road (c/o Eros Airport)
    Telephone: (+264) 61 2848111
    E-mail: Miina Auene-gahutu


  • Ministry of Finance, (Namibia Revenue Agency)
    Customs & Exercise, Fiscus Building
    #10 John Meinert Street, Windhoek
    Albert Marenga
    Tel +264 61 209 2047 / 2060
    Website: Namibia Revenue Agency

  • Ministry of Home Affairs, Safety and Security
    Nampol ~ Protected Resources Division,
    Commissioner De Klerk
    E-mail: Commissioner De Klerk
    P. O. Box 3404, Windhoek
    Tel +264 61 209 43 56
    Website: Ministry of Home Affairs

  • Ministry of Mines and Energy,
    Department of Diamond Affairs
    KP Authority & Focal Point
    6 Aviation Road (c/o Eros Airport)
    D/Commissioner Gahutu
    E-mail: Miina Auene-gahutu

    Tel +264 61 2848111 (ext 8320)
    Fax +264 61 2848380
    Website: Ministry of Mines and Energy
  • Diamond Act No.13 of 1999
  • Diamond Regulations
  • KP Core Document
  • ADPA Constitution
  • Import/Export Procedures.
Namibia is the founding member of KPCS.
Date of entry: 2003
KPCS Vice-Chair: 2008
KPCS Chair: 2009
WGDE Vice-Chair: 2011 - present

Members of the following working groups:
  • WGAAP since 2006
  • WGDE since 2011
  • CPC since 2010
  • WGS applicant 2023
  • KPCS website
Available KPCS Reports: 2004 - present

New developments:
  • Amendment of Diamond Act 13 of 1999
    Diamond Bill vol5 will be signed to law in 2024.
  • Namibia is busy with plans to establish a diamond hub.
Contact details
Focal Point: Miina Auene-gahutu
Office Telephone: +264 61 2848111 (ext 8320)