As we return from a very productive and rewarding Presidents’ Meeting in Istanbul, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your contribution in making this event such a great success. The venue was idyllic, the working session focussed and the social activities exciting and enjoyable!

As we have reached the mid-year period I would like to wish our friends in the northern hemisphere countries a good and well deserved safe vacation.

Trading conditions around the world remain under pressure from news received, yet I am aware that certain Asian countries have seen increases in exports during May.

We have also seen a change in the chair at the World Diamond Council (WDC) and I would like to extend the WFDB’s support and co-operation to Avi Paz during his tenure as chair of the WDC.