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GIA Supports Beneficiation Efforts in Africa


Collaboration with USAID to provide diamond training

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Dec. 5, 2011 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) approved a grant to support a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project called Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD). The grant will provide training in sorting and evaluation of diamonds in the Central African Republic and Liberia.
 
Under the grant, GIA will support travel and accommodation costs for 20 students to participate in a week-long training course held in Bangui, Central African Republic. Five participants from Liberia and 15 participants from the Central African Republic that are already involved with the PRADD project will be selected to receive the training. GIA will waive the full tuition fee; provide specialized training materials, including rough diamonds for the training; as well as an instructor, assistant instructor and translator.
 
USAID’s PRADD Project supports the efforts of both national governments to implement the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The project objectives are to bring greater quantities of alluvial diamond into the legal chain of custody while improving the livelihood of local mining communities. This year, the legal diamond production in the areas of the Central African Republic where PRADD operates represented 27.5 percent of the national production compared to only 4.1 percent in 2009.
 
“We look forward to serving this region through our educational offerings,” said Donna Baker, president and CEO of GIA. “We are honored to work alongside USAID on this important initiative to help achieve a greater quality of life for the residents of these African communities.”
 
For more information about the PRADD Project, please contact us.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
 
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.