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December 31, 2008


[Federal Register: December 31, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 251)]
[Page 80506-80507]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



[Public Notice 6471]

List of December 31, 2008 of Participating Countries and Entities 
(Hereinafter Known as ``Participants'') Under the Clean Diamond Trade 
Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of 
July 29, 2003

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with Sections 3 and 6 of the Clean Diamond Trade 
Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of 
July 29, 2003, the Department of State is identifying all the 
Participants eligible for trade in rough diamonds under the Act, and 
their respective Importing and Exporting Authorities, and revising the 
previously published list of September 8, 2008 (73 FR 52073) to add 
Mexico and delete Cote d`Ivoire.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Saarnio, Special Advisor for 
Conflict Diamonds, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department 
of State (202) 647-4108.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 4 of the Clean Diamond Trade Act 
(the ``Act'') requires the President to prohibit the importation into, 
or the exportation from, the United States of any rough diamond, from 
whatever source, that has not been controlled through the Kimberley 
Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Under Section 3(2) of the Act, 
``controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme'' means 
an importation from the territory of a Participant or exportation to 
the territory of a Participant of rough diamonds that is either (i) 
carried out in accordance with the KPCS, as set forth in regulations 
promulgated by the President, or (ii) controlled under a system 
determined by the President to meet substantially the standards, 
practices, and procedures of the KPCS. The referenced regulations are 
contained at 31 CFR Part 592 (``Rough Diamonds Control Regulations'') 
(69 FR 56936, Sept. 23, 2004). Section 6(b) of the Act requires the 
President to publish in the Federal Register a list of all 
Participants, and all Importing and Exporting Authorities of 
Participants, and to update the list as necessary. Section 2 of 
Executive Order 13312 delegates this function to the Secretary of 
State. Section 3(7) of the Act defines ``Participant'' as a state, 
customs territory, or regional economic integration organization 
identified by the Secretary of State. Section 3(3) of the Act defines 
``Exporting Authority'' as one or more entities designated by a 
Participant from whose territory a shipment of rough diamonds is being 
exported as having the authority to validate a Kimberley Process 
Certificate. Section 3(4) of the Act defines ``Importing Authority'' as 
one or more entities designated by a Participant into whose territory a 
shipment of rough diamonds is imported as having the authority to 
enforce the laws and

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regulations of the Participant regarding imports, including the 
verification of the Kimberley Process Certificate accompanying the 

List of Participants

    Pursuant to Section 3 of the Act, Section 2 of Executive Order 
13312, and Delegation of Authority No. 294 (July 6, 2006), I hereby 
identify the following entities as of November 6, 2008, as Participants 
under section 6(b) of the Act. Included in this List are the Importing 
and Exporting Authorities for Participants, as required by Section 6(b) 
of the Act. This list revises the previously published list of 
September 8, 2008, to add Mexico to the list of participants in the 
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. This list also deletes Cote 
d'Ivoire, as shipments of rough diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire are not 
being controlled through the Kimberley Process.
    Angola--Ministry of Geology and Mines.
    Armenia--Ministry of Trade and Economic Development.
    Australia--Exporting Authority--Department of Industry, Tourism and 
Resources; Importing Authority--Australian Customs Service.
    Bangladesh--Ministry of Commerce.
    Belarus--Department of Finance.
    Botswana--Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.
    Brazil--Ministry of Mines and Energy.
    Canada--Natural Resources Canada.
    Central African Republic--Ministry of Energy and Mining.
    China--General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection 
and Quarantine.
    Democratic Republic of the Congo--Ministry of Mines. Republic of 
Congo--Ministry of Mines.
    Croatia--Ministry of Economy. European Community--DG/External 
    Ghana--Precious Minerals and Marketing Company Ltd.
    Guinea--Ministry of Mines and Geology.
    Guyana--Geology and Mines Commission.
    India--The Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council.
    Indonesia--Directorate General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of 
    Israel--The Diamond Controller.
    Japan--Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
    Republic of Korea--Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
    Laos--Ministry of Finance.
    Lebanon--Ministry of Economy and Trade.
    Lesotho--Commissioner of Mines and Geology.
    Liberia--Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.
    Malaysia--Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
    Mauritius--Ministry of Commerce.
    Namibia--Ministry of Mines and Energy.
    Mexico--Ministry of the Economy.
    New Zealand--Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
    Norway--The Norwegian Goldsmiths' Association.
    Russia--Gokhran, Ministry of Finance.
    Sierra Leone--Government Gold and Diamond Office.
    Singapore--Singapore Customs.
    South Africa--South African Diamond Board.
    Sri Lanka--National Gem and Jewellery Authority.
    Switzerland--State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
    Chinese Taipei--Bureau of Foreign Trade.
    Tanzania--Commissioner for Minerals.
    Thailand--Ministry of Commerce.
    Togo--Ministry of Mines and Geology.
    Turkey--Istanbul Gold Exchange.
    Ukraine--State Gemological Centre of Ukraine.
    United Arab Emirates--Dubai Metals and Commodities Center.
    United States of America--Importing Authority--United States Bureau 
of Customs and Border Protection; Exporting Authority--Bureau of the 
    Vietnam--Ministry of Trade.
    Zimbabwe--Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.
    This notice shall be published in the Federal Register.

John D. Negroponte,
Deputy Secretary of State, Department of State.
 [FR Doc. E8-31151 Filed 12-30-08; 8:45 am]


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