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World Diamond Council to honour De Beers’ chairperson

12 april 2012

De Beers’ chairperson Nicky Oppenheimer will be honoured at a gala dinner of the World Diamond Council on May 14 during its eighth annual meeting in Vicenza, Italy.
WDC said in a statement seen by Rough&Polished that Oppenheimer would be honoured in recognition of his “considerable” contribution to the industry's effort to eradicate the trade in conflict diamonds.
"It is difficult to imagine where we would be today were it not for the role played by Nicky Oppenheimer and De Beers right from the very birth of our organisation," said WDC president Eli Izhakoff.
"Not only was he among the first industry leaders who understood and appreciated the implications of the conflict diamond trade, and consequently sounded the rallying cry, but over the years he has been one of our most important and enthusiastic supporters, and has participated in numerous WDC meetings. He was a staunch advocate of the Kimberley Process from the beginning.”
WDC was established in 2000 with the purpose of representing the international diamond and jewellery sectors in the campaign to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds.
The Oppenheimer’s family had agreed to sell its 40 percent shareholding in De Beers to Anglo American for $5.1 billion.
Anglo currently owns a 45 percent stake in the diamond company, while the remaining 15 percent was held by the Republic of Botswana.

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