第36届世界钻石大会在安特卫普召开

2014-7-24


The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) formally opened its 36th
World Diamond Congress in Antwerp, Belgium during an impressive gathering
at the Bourla Theatre. Industry leaders and representatives from around the
world attended the event. Local politicians addressed attendees and stressed
the value and significance of the diamond industry to Belgium and, more
importantly, to Antwerp. The diamond sector contributes 5% of Belgium’s
overall value per annum in exports and employs 35 000 people. The industry
has been part of the city for the past 600 years and plays an imperative role in
its economy. After the official opening, the first working session took place at the Hilton
Hotel Conference Centre where elections were held and key agreements
were endorsed.
Ernie Blom, current WFDB President, was elected for another two-year period
unopposed. The following people were also elected:
 
Vice President: Julien Drybooms
Secretary-General: Rony Unterman
 Michel Schonfeld (Deputy)
Treasurer-General: Dieter Hahn
 Harry Levy (Deputy)
Executive Members Committee:
Rami Baron, Reuven Kaufman, Harry Levy, Nikhil
Jhaveri, Anoop Metha, Peter Meeus, Sergery
Oulin, Alex Popov, Lin Qiang and Shmuel
Schnitzer.
During the first working session a number of key decisions were finalised
including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the
WFDB and the Borsa Istanbul to work together to develop the diamond
market and also to launch the World Diamond Mark in this country later this
year. Dr. Ibrahim Turhan from the Borsa Istanbul, and Alex Popov, Chairman
of the World Diamond Mark, signed the agreement. The WFDB also formally accepted and welcomed the Diamond Bourse of Canada, represented by Mr. David Gavin, President of the Bourse in Canada.
The Korea Diamond Bourse, represented by its President Mr. Chang Soo
Nam, was also welcomed as the 30th member bourse of the Federation. “This
is a milestone in the history of the WFDB as we now represent 30 Bourses
from around the world and more than 95% of the world’s diamonds are now
traded through a member bourse,” commented Blom.
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) represented by
Mr. Suresh Shah was also confirmed as an Associate member during the
meetings. Blom further announced that the WFDB has put into place a drive
to secure both producing countries and mining houses as part of the WFDB
as this would ensure that the supply chain representation is expanded and in
doing so create a more efficient and co-coordinated industry. 
 

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