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Upcoming World Diamond Congress to focus on finance issues

28 april 2016
In the 37th World Diamond Congress (May 16 to 19), the biennial meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), financing matters are set to be high on the agenda for discussions. Leading figures from the global trade will tackle the subject and take part in a panel discussion, in which members of the audience will be encouraged to participate says a Press note from WFDB.
According to Ernie Blom, WFDB President, the finance sessions of the Congress are set to provide critical information for the industry on the issue of liquidity and other financing matters.
Erik Jens, ABN Amro Bank's Head of Diamond and Jewelry Clients, will speak on the issue of 'Key opportunities in financing the diamond and jewellery industry', followed by Howard Davies, De Beers' Head of Commercial Development speaking on 'Global financing options and requirements for the diamond industry'.
Erik and Howard will take part in a panel debate along with David Bouffard, President, Corporate Affairs at Signet Jewelers Ltd, Feriel Zerouki, Head of Government and Industry Relations at De Beers and other industry figures, which will be attended by the WFDB's 30 bourse presidents and other exchange officials along with their counterparts from IDMA and more than 100 diamond industry representatives from across the diamond pipeline.
Also, Dubai Diamond Finance Seminar, second of a series by the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) will be held, to raise awareness of diamond financing options and how Dubai’s trade infrastructure and financial institutions can further support the diamond trade.
Ernie Blom said: "We believe that the speakers and panelists and the interactive discussion format during the Congress will provide a comprehensive review of the nature of the financing issues affecting the diamond business and how we can best deal with them. Our aim is to provide a roadmap for the industry to help take it forward during these challenging times. For too long, industry members and the banks have not been on the same wavelength. We aim to correct this for the good of both parties. This also fits in with the overall themes of the Congress: Transparency, Responsibility and Sustainability. We are moving ahead with a new era of way of working in all aspects and this will be clearly seen at the Congress."

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished