Dubai highlights its growing role in rough and polished diamond trading at opening session of WFDB 2011 Presidents' Meeting
April 13, 2011: The 2011 Presidents' Meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) officially opened yesterday with welcoming speeches by WFDB President Avi Paz; and the meeting's hosts, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), and Peter Meeus (Meeus speech), Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE). The opening event was preceded by eulogies for the late Freddy Hager (Hager announcement) delivered by Avi Paz (Paz eulogy), WFDB Honorary President Shmuel Schnitzer (Schnitzer eulogy) and Moshe Mosbacher, president of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York (Mosbacher eulogy). Participants observed one minute of silence in honour of Hager. WFDB Secretary General Michael H. Vaughan also asked members to sign a condolences book that had been prepared (Vaughan eulogy).