GJEPC Preparing For ‘Mines To Market Conference In Mumbai

India's Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), an associate member of the WFDB, will hold its annual ‘Mines to Market' international diamond conference on March 19 and 20 in Mumbai.

The GJEPC said the aim of the conference is to bring together leading miners, diamantaires, retailers, bankers and analysts from across the world. They will be debating a range of issues being faced by the diamond business.

WFDB President Ernie Blom will take part in a panel event on the issues facing the midstream.

Mining ministers from diamond producing nations South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Guinea have confirmed their presence along with delegations of officials.

The GJEPC is also expecting confirmations from the mining ministers of Russia, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, the Central African Republic, and Namibia, it said in a statement.

In addition, representatives from mining companies such as De Beers, ALROSA, Rio Tinto and Dominion are expected, along with leading retail chains such as Sterling and Tanishq.

There will be a presentation by Paul Rowley, Executive VP,Global Sightholder Sales, De Beers, and, subject to confirmation, Andrey Polyakov, Vice-President, ALROSA.

Among the speakers and panelists will be Antwerp World Diamond Centre President Stephane Fischler, according to an itinerary supplied by the GJEPC.

Diamond Producers Association CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr will also make a presentation.

A session on diamond certification is set to include Tom Moses from the GIA, Marc Brauner, co-CEO of IGI, and Ans Anthonis, Chief Officer Diamond Lab & Research, HRD Antwerp.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to address conference participants either during the inaugural ceremony or at a Charity Dinner event along with other senior Indian ministers.