a participating country


In order to stop blood diamond sales, South African countries with a legitimate diamond trade began a campaign in 2000 to track the origins of all rough diamonds. Their efforts resulted in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, an international organization to make the world free of conflict diamonds. The goals of the KPCS are to document and track all rough diamonds when they enter a participating country.

What does "a participating country" refer to?

Second, could I use "record" to replace "document" without changing the meaning? Thanks.
  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    It refers to the countries that are taking part in the scheme. I think record and document are pretty interchangeable here.


    Senior Member
    "A participating country" would be any country that agrees to take part in the program. "Record" could be used, but "document" is better, I think, because it implies a more rigorous process and verifiable evidence.