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London Diamond Bourse appoints new president and vice president

May 3, 2011: The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has announced that following the recent death of its president Freddy Hager, the LDB board, or Council of Management, had been reformed and a new president and vice president appointed.

Singapore to host 2014 World Diamond Congress

April 28, 2011: The 2011 Presidents’ Meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) decided in Dubai earlier this month to accept the invitation of the Diamond Exchange of Singapore (DES) to host the 36th World Diamond Congress in the Asian city state in 2014.

WFDB mourns the death of Artur Beller, president of the Beurs voor Diamanthandel

April 24, 2011: The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) mourns the death of Artur Beller, president of the Beurs voor Diamanthandel, who has passed away in Antwerp. Mr. Beller also served as president of the Belgian Federation of Diamond Bourses.

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).

WFDB Presidents' Meeting begins in Dubai

April 11, 2011: The 2011 Presidents' Meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) began on Monday with meetings of the Trade and Promotion, Judicial and Executive Committees.

WFDB expresses deep sorrow over sudden death of Freddy Hager, WFDB Deputy Treasurer General and London Diamond Bourse President

April 7, 2011: The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has received with shock and deep sorrow the news that Freddy Hager, WFDB Deputy Treasurer General and the President of the London Diamond Bourse, died suddenly at his home in London this morning.

Senior African figures to address 2011 WFDB Presidents Meeting

March 10, 2011: Former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, and Kimberley Process Chair Mathieu Yamba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be guests of honor at the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) 2011 Presidents' Meeting. They will address the Gala Dinner of the Presidents' Meeting which takes place April 11-13 at the Jumeirah Meydan Hotel in Dubai.

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.