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15.12.2014
Demand for diamonds in the world is very high – AWDC
margaux_donckier_preview.jpgMargaux Donckier, spokesperson of the Antwerp World Diamond Center, told about the main trends in the diamond market in her interview to Rough&Polished.

08.12.2014
Our goal is to create a think tank, which will come up with ideas how to reach outside our closed circuit and bring people the message about diamonds, tell why they should buy them
alex_popov_x.jpgThe World Diamond Mark® Foundation (WDMF) in a non-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses whose goal is to increase consumer demand for diamonds and enhance the trust in them. To reach this goal, the WDMF is engaged in generic marketing programmes, raises public awareness of diamonds, educates retailers and conducts attestation of the Authorised Diamond Dealers® (ADD). The Foundation’s Chairman and CEO, Alex Popov gave this interview to Rough&Polished on the eve of the inaugural World Diamond Conference to be held in New Delhi.

01.12.2014
We fully support Zimbabwe organizing tenders at home – AWDC boss
ari_epstein_preview.jpgThe Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said it fully supports Zimbabwe organising local tenders and was “proud” to participate through the tender organizer it proposed – First Element. Zimbabwe’s first local diamond tender attracted about 400 buyers and 133 companies. AWDC chief executive Ari Epstein told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of the second edition of the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference that their relationship with Zimbabwe had not been strained with the seizure of the country’s goods worth about $45 million in Belgium. Epstein also praised Zimbabwe for opting a transparent tendering system through Antwerp that brings more confidence to the local diamond industry.





Diamond Revenue to Fund Grants for Zimbabwe’s Students

27.01.2012

Zimbabwe’s government plans to use some of the revenue from the sale of its rough diamonds to reinstitute grants for students, the University World News reports cited by Israelidiamond.co.il.
According to the UWN, none of Zimbabwe’s government-run universities have been able to supply student grants or loans for over a decade.
In his budget statement for 2012, Finance Minister Tendai Biti stated that he was allocating $25 million for student grants and loans, a sum he expected to see matched by banks, including Barclays.
The decision to use diamond money to benefit the country’s students is reportedly a tactic to win support in the international community for the sale of Zimbabwe’s diamonds. Although the Kimberley Process lifted its embargo against Marange diamonds in November, the subject remains controversial.

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