March 12, 2002
Tanzanite Task Force Sends Export Recommendations to Tanzania
The Tanzanian government and the Tanzanian Mineral Dealers Association received recommendations from the newly formed Tanzanite Task Force on export procedure requirements including export certificates, packaging materials, statements of warranty and a monitoring system. These features are designed to protect the supply chain moving tanzanite from the mine to the consumer. The task force is carrying out the Tucson Tanzanite Protocol guidelines established by industry stakeholders in early February.
"We look forward to working with Tanzanian officials, the mineral dealers and others to put procedures in place that will guarantee the integrity of the supply chain," says Cecilia Gardner, executive director and general counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Gardner heads the task force's technical group which developed the export, warranty and monitoring recommendations.
The task force steering committee Matthew Runci, president and CEO of Jewelers of America and Douglas Hucker, executive director of the American Gem Trade Association join Gardner on the steering committee met with Robert V. Royall, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, on March 6. Royall lent support for the task force's work and expressed concern about the effect questions regarding the tanzanite supply chain are having on Tanzania. He called Tanzania an important U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism.
"We are very pleased that Ambassador Royall agreed to meet with us and welcomed the commitment of the industry to do whatever is necessary to ensure the integrity of our product," says Hucker, who chairs the steering committee. "The backing of the U.S. governemnt is very important to this effort and we are grateful for that support."
by Peggy Jo Donahue