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Website Created for Panama Gem & Jewelry Center Launch Event

14 february 2014

A dedicated website has been established for the official launch of the Panama Gem & Jewelry Center on March 17 and 18, enabling participants to register online and book flights and hotel rates at especially discounted rates.
The website is located at:, available in Spanish and English.
Anchored by the Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE), which is the first and only diamond bourse in all of Latin America, the Panama Gem & Jewelry Center will be the first dedicated facility for the diamond, jewelry and colored stone trades in the region that includes South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The guest of honor at the launch will be President Ricardo Martinelli, Panama's head of state, and industry leaders that have thus far confirmed their participation are Eli Izhakoff, Hon. President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the World Diamond Council; Ernest Blom, President of the World Federation of the Diamond Bourses; Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation; Avi Paz, President of the World Diamond Council; Shmuel Schnitzer, President of the Israel Diamond Exchange; Reuven Kaufman, President of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York; Moti Ganz, Chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute, and Ronnie Vanderlinden, President of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of the United States.
The Panama Gem & Jewelry Center has received the strong support of the Panamanian government and parliament, which recently passed legislation that recognizes the area of the PDE facility to be a Free Zone, where residents do not incur customs duties on goods traded within the center and they are exempt from paying corporate taxes.

Olga Patseva, Editor in Chief of the American Bureau, Rough&Polished