36th World Diamond Congress

 

This was the official website for the 36th World Diamond Congress that was held in Antwerp, Belgium in 2014.
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The current website for the WOrld Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) is at http://www.wfdb.com/

The four Antwerp diamond bourses, Antwerpsche Diamantkring cvba, Beurs voor Diamanthandel cvba, Diamantclub van Antwerpen cvba and Vrije Diamanthandel nv and the two diamond manufacturers’ organisations, S.B.D. and V.K.D. are pleased to welcome you to the 36th World Diamond Congress in Antwerp.

Antwerp is where all the key elements in the industry are concentrated: home to all the major mining companies that unearth these treasures, to over 1800 individual diamond dealers originating from all over the world, to the dedicated diamond banks and insurance brokers, the forwarders that are equipped to send the precious parcels to every corner of the world, the best polishers in the world and high tech researchers that get the best out of each and every rough stone. In the world of diamonds, all roads lead to Antwerp…

More than five centuries of diamond history in Antwerp live on every day, in the jobs of over 34.000 people that work here.

Besides providing a living for over 34.000 people, the diamond industry contributes significantly to the Belgian and European economy: diamonds are the most important Belgian export product outside the European Union. Today, diamonds represent an impressive 86% of Belgium’s total exports to India and our sector’s 2013 turnover totalled US$ 55 billion.

These numbers aren’t surprising if you know that 8 out of 10 of all rough diamonds and half of all the polished diamonds in the world pass through Antwerp. The reason for this is simple; no other place in the world offers all the elements that enable every buyer to find a seller, and every seller to find a buyer, at the best price.

We are confident that your stay in Antwerp will be both rewardingly productive and enjoyable.

We look forward to seeing you in Antwerp.

F. Inzlicht
President
Antwerpsche Diamantkring cvba

M. Pruwer
President
Beurs voor Diamanthandel cvba
W. Rotti
President
Diamantclub van Antwerpen cvba
J. Drybooms
President
Vrije Diamanthandel nv
 
 
E. Denckens
President
Syndicaat der Belgische
Diamantnijverheid (S.B.D.)

R. Obbels
President
Vereniging van Kempische
Diamantwerkgevers (V.K.D.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36th World Diamond Congress

Registrations close on Tuesday 10 June 2014 - 00.00 pm (GMT+1)

Antwerp is where all the key elements in the industry are concentrated: home to all the major mining companies that unearth these treasures, to over 1800 individual diamond dealers originating from all over the world, to the dedicated diamond banks and insurance brokers, the forwarders that are equipped to send the precious parcels to every corner of the world, the best polishers in the world and high tech researchers that get the best out of each and every rough stone. In the world of diamonds, all roads lead to Antwerp …

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Main programme

 

Sun 15th June

8:00 amRegistration (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
10:00 amJudicial Committee Meeting WFDB (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
1:00 pmTrade & Promotion Committee Meeting WFDB (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
2:30 pmVisit Red Star Line (non-mandatory) with Welcome by Philip Heylen (www.philipheylen.be)
2:30 pm to 5:30 pmIDMA Meeting (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
4:00 pmExecutive Committee Meeting WFDB (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
6:00 pmReception at the City Hall of Antwerp
EveningGet-Together (Venue : Hilton Hotel - Dress Code : smart casual)

Mon 16th June

8:00 amRegistration (Venue: HILTON Hotel) - Transfer to The Bourla Theatre
9:15 am to 11:15 amOpening Session (Venue : The Bourla Theather) with speeches of a.o. Mr. Kris Peeters, Minister President of the Government of Flanders
11:30 am to 12:00 pm(Transfer to the Hilton Hotel)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pmLunch
1:30 pm to 3:30 pmWFDB & IDMA separate working sessions (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
3:30 pm to 3:45 pmCoffee break
3:45 pm to 5:00 pmWFDB & IDMA separate working sessions (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
EveningDinner (Venue : Beurs voor Diamanthandel - Dress Code : Business attire)

Tue 17th June

8:30 amTransfer to the Diamantclub van Antwerpen
9:00 amKeynote Sessions by Nir Matalon of Malca Amit, Martin Rapaport of Rapaprt Belgium, Mr Rory More O’Ferrall, and Dr Katrien De Corte, HRD Antwerp
11:15 amTransfer to the Hilton Hotel
12:00 pm to 1:15 pmLunch
1:30 pm to 3:30 pmWFDB & IDMA separate working sessions (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
3:30 pm to 3:45 pmCoffee break
3:45 pm to 5:00 pmWFDB & IDMA separate working sessions (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
Evening

Exclusive Gala Dinner “Performance by Boogie Boy” (Venue : Hilton Hotel - Dress Code : Business attire) with speeches of a.o. Mr. Kris Peeters, Minister President of the Government of Flanders

Table Sponsoring by:

  • ABN AMRO Bank NV
  • Arslanian  Frères NV
  • Beurs voor Diamanthandel CVBA
  • Diamantclub van Antwerpen CVBA
  • Diarough NV
  • Driesassur NV
  • Espeka BVBA
  • Eurostar Diamond Traders NV
  • SBD
  • W.Nagel / Simona NV
  • VKD
  • Vrije Diamanthandel NV

Wed 18th June

9:30 am to 10:30 amWFDB & IDMA separate working sessions (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
10:30 am to 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am to 12:30 pmWFDB & IDMA Joint Session (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
12:30 pmPress conference (Venue: HILTON Hotel)
1:00 pmLunch (starts at 12:30 for the guests not participating in the Press conference)

 

AN ASIDE:
My retired neighbor used to work at the London Diamond Bourse in England for many years. He's told me fascinating stories about the diamond trade. The London Diamond Bourse first opened its doors in 1940 primarily as a result of the occupation of Belgium in May 1940 by the Nazis. At the time Antwerp was the main diamond trading hub of the World, and had for most of its long history been the home of several active trade organisations. Among the refugees who managed to reach England were a number of diamond merchants. In some cases they were able to bring their own stock with them. He said that many of the refugees managed to get their stock out by sewing the diamonds into the lining of their garmentsto safe guard them as they fled across the borders. From 1945 onwards, there was an influx of members. Some were survivors of the Nazi occupation and concentration camps. Many had lost all their possessions. The "new comers' started as diamond brokers with the help of those already established as dealers. In the late 1950s the London Diamond Bourse moved from their cramped location in Greville Street inside Mrs Cohen’s Cafe to a new building at 32 Hatton Garden where they remained through the 1980's. Today the London Diamond Bourse membership no longer is only made up of purely diamond traders. There are members who are manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers etc. Whenever I had coffee with my neighbor he held me spellbound with all his amazing stories. Recently, with his failing health, I helped him find some great movers in Maryland and right here in Baltimore. I specifically chose Von Paris Moving and Storage because they maintain strategic partnerships with realtors, senior move managers and downsizing experts who are selected for their ability to deliver premium service and excellent value. My neighbor was delighted with all their help from the initial planning through the move. It was the least I could do for such a wonderful man. I still visit him in his assited living facility and he is still telling me stories about the diamond industry.

 

Press Release

Antwerp,Belgium,18th June 2014, the four day 36th World Diamond Congress closed today on a very positive note with a record attendance. The congress brought together the key industry players in this city, “The Diamond capital of the world” with all 30 member bourses represented. The Congress was jointly held with IDMA and well attended by major sister organisations including CIBJO and the World Diamond Council, comprising the leadership of the industry. Key issues discussed over the four days covered many aspects including:

(a) Formally approving the membership of Canada and South Korea as members of the WFDB. The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council India (GJEPC) was also admitted as an Associate member. This forms part of a broader strategy implemented to expand the membership base by getting producing countries and mining companies to expand the WFDB membership base.

(b) Synthetics coupled with lab reports formed a part of the discussions. A decision was made to speak with one voice and ensure uniformity in lab reports while keeping a watchful eye on synthetic diamonds, ensuring that they are disclosed as synthetics. The meeting made it clear that synthetics were not seen as an enemy as they have their own market niche but that they must be marketed with full disclosure.

(c) Gender equality was discussed and very strong support was shown by delegates for the WFDB to see more young people and more female members. The President, reflected that in order to secure the WFDB’s future and relevance it was key to start developing the next generation of leaders.

(d) Communications formed an important part of discussions with the WFDB website being launched, including social media platforms. The Congress stressed that communications is the cornerstone of WFDB and industry development in the future. The speed at which the WFDB can communicate with its full membership and the global sector at large was critical. “Telling the Story” is key to building consumer confidence and top of mind awareness for diamond jewellery. The meetings closed with the announcement that the 2015 Presidents’ Meetings will take place in Israel and the 2016 World Diamond Congress will be held in Dubai.

 

 

NEWS

06/19/2014World news, WFDB News

Antwerp, Belgium – June 18, 2014:

Discussions of sister organizations headlined by concerns about industry financing, transparency and compliance issues, synthetic diamonds, laboratory services, industry communications.

The 36th World Diamond Congress concluded in Antwerp, Belgium, and reflected strength in the attendance and the presence of international diamond, gem stone and jewellery industry organization delegates. These included the representatives of 30 bourses affiliated to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), 15 members of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), the two bodies that organize the biennial world diamond congresses. They were joined by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation and the World Diamond Council.

WFDB President Ernest Blom said that he was very pleased with the strong attendance of the WFDB affiliate bourses and with the topics that were raised and covered. “At the heart of our discussions were the sustainability and reputation of the diamond industry and trade at large.”

Among others, the WFDB resolved to build on its communications strategy and to expedite communications on a global level. IDMA president Maxim Shkadov said the IDMA members and the WFDB had held long and intense discussions on the diamond supply chain. “We talked at length about issues such as financing and the manufacturers’ relationships with the banks and other financial institutions active in the diamond industry and trade. In addition, we expressed our concern regarding the significant diversities of laboratory diamond grading standards and their impact on consumer confidence in diamonds; spoke about the DDI and the necessity of promoting advances in social and economic conditions throughout the diamond mining sector worldwide; and reviewed the FATF report about money laundering,” Shkadov noted. “And these are just a few out of the many other topics raised,” he said.

The WFDB and IDMA resolved that the 2015 Presidents’ Meeting will take place in Ramat Gan, Israel and the 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

 

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