Diamond Industry Annual Review: Democratic Republic of the Congo 2005

"2004 was an important year for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and for its diamond industry. Despite a series of violent flare-ups in Ituri and elsewhere, the coalition government held together, making its way towards the elections of 2006. The commitment by the UN Security Council to the DRC, in the form of the world’s largest current peacekeeping mission, is reassuring – even if the force itself is small in relation to the task. In the diamond industry there were major government changes, with a new minister and a new director at the Centre for Evaluation, Expert Analysis and Certification (CEEC), which is responsible for managing the country’s diamond exports and its Kimberley Process compliance. The DRC’s diamond exports rose by 13% in value and 10% in volume compare to 2003, no mean achievement under the circumstances."