MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Economic crisis provides opportunity to effect important changes

Antwerp, May 27, 2009 - With the onset of June, we soon will be closing out the second quarter of 2009 and a full three quarters since the onset of the global financial crisis. Slowly, prices and sales appear to be stabilising, as consumers realise that the sky has not fallen in and life continues. We are an experienced and resilient industry, and like with early crises we will survive this one. That is certain.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

WFDB offers its members an important marketing tool

Antwerp, July 13 - With the creation of an WFDB InterBourse Pavilion at the Iberjoya show in Madrid, Spain, our organization is offering an important marketing tool to the individual members of all 28 bourses that are affiliated to the WFDB. More than ever before, in these difficult times, diamantaires need to rethink their marketing strategies, and try not to remain dependent only on the traditional markets, in particular the United States.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Broadening the horizon for WFDB bourse members

Antwerp, September 3, 2009: In the northern hemisphere, summer vacations are over and business is getting back on track.  In our world, this also means that the “show season” is resuming.  On September 8, I will participate in Prodiam, which is the 11th annual educational seminar of diamond, gemstone, gemmology and jewellery  professionals at the Iberjoya show in Madrid.