President Sirleaf Opens Diamond Offices

Tuesday, 1st May 2007
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon for a diamond center in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon for a diamond center in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated one of ten regional diamond centers in the country, with a call on all citizens to pledge that Liberia will never again be placed under sanctions. The President said everyone must ensure that whatever is done is not only in conformity with the constitution, but in conformity with international standards and the particular conditions that have been established to govern the process.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Johnson Sirleaf was speaking on Tuesday when she dedicated a diamond office in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.  The President said it is the collective responsibility of all concerned to ensure that the ban on diamonds remains lifted. The Liberian leader emphasized that it takes a great responsibility on the part of everyone, including citizens, mining companies and government to positively play their part.

The President assured Liberians and the international community that resources generated from the diamond trade would never again be used to fuel conflict but used for national development in the interest of the people. The Liberian leader who made particular mention of local areas from where diamonds are extracted, observed that there is still no available data to quantify the volume of diamond in the country, but expressed the hope that some of the proceeds accrued from the sale of diamonds would be returned to the people to enable them have a better life.

The Liberian leader praised local as well as international partners, particularly the United States government, for the financial and technical support towards the process which led to the lifting of the diamond ban.

Lands, Mines & Energy Minister, Dr. Eugene Shannon also expressed delight over the UN decision to lift the ban on diamonds. Dr. Shannon said all measures have been put in place to ensure that diamonds being exported from Liberia originate from the country in keeping with the Kimberley certification scheme.

American Ambassador, Donald Booth and UN Secretary-general’s Special Representative, Ambassador Alan Doss, lauded President Johnson Sirleaf for providing the leadership which led to the lifting of the ban on the exportation of diamonds. Tuesday’s ceremonies also witnessed the dedication of the Monrovia Diamond Office, which will serve as the center for the certification of diamonds for export.