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Lucapa to become a niche diamond company, says Wetherall

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Zimnisky: Diamonds lack fungibility to be a major investment product

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Julien-Vincent Brunie: "Being surrounded by beauty and art is a privilege!"

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Diamond Exchanges promote healthy development of the diamond industry, besides safe and basic infrastructures for diamond trade

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De Beers closes Dubai auction-sales office

19 june 2017
De Beers is set to shut down its auction-sales office in Dubai on July 31 due to weak demand from local companies.
The company, which opened the Dubai office in 2011, would still have a presence in the emirate through representatives of global sightholder sales.
Rapaport reports that customers whose business with De Beers was currently managed through Dubai would receive new account managers in Mumbai, India.
The global rough-auctions business shifted focus to Mumbai, India since the establishment of a special notified zone (SNZ) in the Bharat Diamond Bourse two years ago.
“Our ability to meet Indian-based customer needs...through the SNZ over the last year and a half or so has been a great success, and we continue to see significant opportunities in India,” an unnamed De Beers spokesperson was quoted as saying.
“However, this has carried the consequence of steadily diminishing demand from Dubai-based businesses over that period to the point where a business case for a permanent Dubai presence no longer makes sense for us.”
The move by De Beers comes after Alrosa reported last week that it had agreed to work more closely with Dubai to expand the Russian miner’s business in the emirate’s trading center.
Alrosa president Sergey Ivanov said Dubai was one of the world’s leading diamond trading centers.
He said the miner’s rough sales to companies based in the United Arab Emirates totaled $259.5 million last year.
“Alrosa’s affiliate Arcos East DMCC has been successfully operating at the Dubai Diamond Exchange, and we are certainly interested in wider cooperation with our partners from DMCC,” said Ivanov.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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