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WFDB Celebrates 70th Anniversary In Antwerp Together With Finance Seminar And ExCo Meeting

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses' (WFDB) Executive Committee members, together with leading officials from the Belgian diamond industry, have held a joint celebration of the organisation's 70th anniversary in Antwerp, as well as taking part in a finance seminar and marking the 570th anniversary of the city's diamond history. The 70th anniversary celebration took place at Antwerp's MAS Museum, which tells the story of Antwerp and its history, and staged a special 'Dazzling Desire' exhibition to mark the event.

The anniversary event was hosted by AWDC CEO Ari Epstein who delivered a speech praising the work of the WFDB. Ernie Blom, President of the WFDB, spoke of the historic and continuing role of the international body in working for the good of the global diamond industry and the importance of the WFDB's establishment in the aftermath of the Second World War in 1947 which had caused such destruction. He also spoke of the critical role played by Antwerp in the global diamond trade for almost six centuries.

"Antwerp has long been the world's leading diamond trading centre. Tonight we look back 570 years to 1447 when the diamond business was established here and congratulate you for continuing this extraordinary story," Blom commented. Other speakers included Koen Kennis, Alderman of the City of Antwerp, Philippe Barsamian, President of the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses, and Vera De Boeck, curator of the MAS Museum.

The WFDB's Executive Committee tackled a packed agenda, which included a discussion of the World Diamond Council's draft System of Warranties, and the need for an educational program so that diamonds will be called as such without the need for the word "natural" beforehand. The Committee also discussed the proposed work of the International Diamond Monitoring Committee which was created by the GJEPC and the Bharat Diamond Bourse in July and the WFDB's support for the body. ExCo members then went on to discuss a revision of the WFDB's By-Laws and Inner Rules. Once finalized, the proposed draft amendments will be sent to the bourses for review with the aim of presenting them and having them accepted at the next World Diamond Congress which will take place in Tel Aviv from July 2-5, 2018. Finally, the Committee heard that an application had been received for membership of the WFDB from the Associacio Diamantiers in Portugal.

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has 30 affiliated bourse members and exists to protect the interests of affiliated bourses and their individual members, and also to further the amicable settlement or arbitration of disputes between individual members of the affiliated bourses and/or between affiliated bourses. The WFDB participates in the promotion of world trade and encourages the establishment of new diamond bourses. In 2012, it established The World Diamond Mark, a not-for-profit organization, to promote consumer desirability and confidence in diamonds.

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