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WFDB calls on members to heed warnings issued by KP Chair on possible re-emergence of conflict diamonds in Côte d'Ivoire

February 17, 2011: The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) distributed a letter, written by Mathieu Yamba, Chair of the Kimberley Process, to all of its 29 members, to draw attention to what Yamba called "the situation in Côte d'Ivoire which is a cause for concern for the Kimberley Process in consideration of the risk of re-emergence of conflict diamonds in Côte d'Ivoire and an increase in rough diamond smuggling throughout West Africa." A copy of the letter can be downloaded here in French and in English.

Dedicated website of the 2011 WFDB Presidents Meeting goes live, registration now available

February 2, 2011: The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) announced today the launch of a dedicated website for the 2011 WFDB Presidents' Meeting. In addition, registration has opened for the event which will take place April 11-13 at the Jumeirah Meydan Hotel in Dubai and to be hosted by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE).

Exclusive WFDB @wfdb.com email addresses
to be offered to members of all WFDB affiliated bourses

December 21, 2010: Members of the 29 diamond exchanges affiliated to the WFDB will soon have the opportunity to receive their own, exclusive email address – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – and thus be recognized as one of the 12,000 diamantaires who hold bourse membership. The move is the result of the cancelation of the email addresses that were still active on the worldfed.com domain, and the upgrading of the server of the WFDB.com domain, including the introduction and operation of a dedicated email server that will be able to carry and service thousands of email addresses.

WFDB Vice President Ernest Blom issues categorical denial over claims of trading in rough diamonds from Zimbabwe's Marange deposits

December 14, 2010: World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) President Avi Paz has moved to clarify claims published on WikiLeaks that WFDB Vice President Ernest Blom dealt in rough diamonds from Chiadzwa in the Marange area of Zimbabwe. The claims were made in a cable sent in November 2008 by James McGee, the US ambassador to Zimbabwe, in which he quoted a third party, Andrew Cranswick, as making the accusations against Blom.

Bourse elections held at Diamond Dealers Club of Australia

November 17, 2010: The Diamond Dealers Club of Australia (DDCA) held its annual bourse elections on November 11, electing Rami Baron as president, Adam Selikman as vice president and Robert Haddad as secretary.

Singapore bourse installs new president and executive committee

November 3, 2010: The Diamond Exchange of Singapore (DES) has elected Suresh Hathiramani its new president for a term of two years at the bourse's Annual General Meeting on October 26. The DES outgoing president, Yee Heng Chiong, was appointed to the position of vice president.

The new Bharat Diamond Bourse premises unveiled in Mumbai, India

October 20, 2010: The new buildings of India's Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) were unveiled on Sunday, October 17, in the country’s financial capital Mumbai, more than two decades after the idea for a diamond exchange business centre was first proposed, and more than 15 years after the first stone for the project had been laid.