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Sat, 20 Sep 2008 09:25 - Updated Mon, 22 Sep 2008 12:57

Government and ADPA Sign Headquarters Agreement


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 Luanda – The Angolan government and the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) on Friday signed, here, an agreement that enables that organisation to set up its headquarters in the country in the capacity of international institution.

The accord foresees to grant ADPA the authority to establish its head offices in Angola and is part of the Vienna Convention, which states that by establishing itself in a sovereign and lawful State, international organisation should formalise the signing ceremony in order to be recognised.

The agreement was signed by the secretary general of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Manuel Gomes, in representation of the Angolan government, and by ADPA’s executive secretary, Edgar de Carvalho.

After the ceremony, Manuel Gomes told the press that accommodation conditions have been created for the executive secretariat of the African Diamond Producers Association to work in the country. 

On his turn, ADPA’s official referred that the agreement bestows another status to the association and greater mobility to the personnel of member States who will come to work in the executive secretariat in Angola.

"It will also enable a broader intervention of the organisation at international forums, as well as analyse policies and strategies on diamonds with member governments", he affirmed.

According to Edgar Diogo Carvalho, the association will work so that diamonds contribute in an effective manner to the economic growth of African countries.

The idea of creating ADPA was presented by the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, early 2006, on the occasion of the inauguration in Angola of the first diamond polishing factory that is operating since 2007.

Founded in November 2006, in the Angolan capital, Luanda, ADPA comprises 18 countries, namely Angola, DRC, Namibia, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Guinea Conakry, Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Mauritania, Togo and Tanzania.