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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.

WFDB Executive Committee Calls on Kimberley Process to Expedite Release of Report and Recommendations about Zimbabwe

Antwerp, September 8, 2009 - The Executive Committee of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has called upon the Kimberley Process to release its much-anticipated report and recommendations about the Zimbabwe diamond mining sector as soon as possible. The WFDB Executive Committee met at the London Diamond Bourse on Monday, September 7, 2009.

Inaugural WFDB InterBourse Pavilion planned for Iberjoya jewellery show in Madrid

Antwerp, September 3, 2009 - The World Federation of Diamond Bourses will launch its first-ever WFDB Interbourse Pavilion at the Iberjoya trade show in Madrid, Spain, September 9-13. The pavilion will function as a diamond trading floor where only members of WFDB bourses can exhibit. To support this endeavour, the Trade Fair Institution of Madrid (IFEMA) has completed an industry-wide marketing campaign, inviting diamond and gemstone traders, jewellery manufacturers, retailers and designers to the show and pavilion.

 

First WFDB Interbourse Pavilion to launch at Iberjoya show in September

Antwerp, July 13 - The World Federation of Diamond Bourses will inaugurate its first-ever WFDB Interbourse Pavilion at the Iberjoya trade show in Madrid, Spain, in September. The pavilion, which will function as a diamond trading floor upon which only members of WFDB bourses can exhibit, will be a featured highlight of what is the most important jewellery trade show in the Spanish-speaking world.