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WFDB secures discounts on HRD Antwerp services for bourse members

FEBRUARY 25, 2010: Members of the 28 diamond exchanges which are affiliated to the WFDB are now entitled to discounts on a range of grading and educational services offered by HRD Antwerp.

Diamond Industry leaders discuss consumer confidence issues with GIA

FEBRUARY 14, 2010: Industry leaders representing global diamond exchanges announced earlier this month that they met with the Gemological Institute of American (GIA) on January 27 in New York to discuss ways to continue to build consumer confidence in the diamond industry.

Diamond Bourse of Canada celebrates official opening

FEBRUARY 2, 2010: The Diamond Bourse of Canada has held its grand opening on January 27 at the Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre in Toronto. The bourse, which is the first diamond exchange in Canada, has been invited to attend as an observer the meetings of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses at the 34th World Diamond Congress in Moscow in June.

WFDB concludes 2009 Presidents’ Meeting in Antwerp, underscores growing importance of trade in diamond distribution chain

ANTWERP: BELGIUM: NOVEMBER 18, 2009 – The World Federation of Diamond Bourses wrapped up its 2009 Presidents’ Meeting today with a vote of confidence in the inherent strength of the diamond trade, which it credited with being the buttress that enabled the diamond business pull through through the global financial crisis intact.

IDMA and WFDB reconfirm their commitment to World Diamond Council and Kimberley Process Certification Scheme

Antwerp – November 18, 2009 – At the conclusion of the 2009 Presidents’ Meeting -- held in Antwerp, November 15-18 -- the presidents of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) and the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) issued a statement which emphasized the organizations’ unequivocal commitment and determination to uphold the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the principles of the World Diamond Council of which IDMA and the WFDB are co-founding members.

Dieter Hahn made Honorary President of Idar-Oberstein Bourse

Antwerp, October  2009 – Dieter Hahn received honorary president status of the Diamond and Precious Stones Bourse Idar-Oberstein (DEIO) at a gala dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Intergem gem and jewellery show held in Idar-Oberstein.

WFDB mourns death of Jacob Banda, President of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York

Antwerp, October 18, 2009 - The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) said it learned with great sorrow of the death on Friday night of Jacob Banda, president of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York since 2000. Banda, who was 62 and who won a second term as DDC president earlier this year, was appointed to the Executive Committee of the WFDB in 2000.

Bourse elections held in Australia and South East United States

Antwerp, October, 2009 - Annual bourse elections were held in both the USA and Australia earlier this month, with both diamond exchanges electing officers and the board of directors for the coming year.