WFDB Debates Way Forward for Industry Leaders at the Asian
Summit – Executive Committee Meeting in Vladivostok
Antwerp, Belgium – August 28, 2018: The current role of the World Federation of
Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and how it can move forward was among the discussions at
its Asian Summit/Executive Committee meeting held in Vladivostok. The well-attended
meeting saw around 40 representatives from across the world taking part, said WFDB
President Ernie Blom.
"The strong attendance enabled us to receive extremely worthy input at our
discussions," said Blom. "We are very keen to see how we can forward the role of the
WFDB on the global stage. The Federation is by far the largest diamond industry body
and the diamond trade's go-to group.
"We also were delighted to have members of the Kimberley Process review mission to
Russia at the meeting. They filled us in on the organization's work, and we discussed a
broad range of industry topics.
The WFDB Executive reiterated their support for the World Diamond Council's System
of Warranties and the Strategic Plan which are currently under review.
"We also passed an important resolution relating to the US Federal Trade Commission's
recently published Jewelry Guidelines and the change to the nomenclature," said Blom.
"We repeated our stance that the only definition of a diamond that we support is the one
agreed upon last year by the WFDB, IDMA, CIBJO, the International Diamond Council
and the International Standards Organisation.
"On behalf of attendees of the Asian Summit and the Executive Committee meeting, I
would like to place on record our thanks to the Moscow Diamond Bourse (MDB) and
ALROSA for hosting the event. May I also thank the Government of the Far Eastern
region, the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the City of Vladivostok, as well
as representatives from the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation for their
support and for graciously taking part. It has become increasingly clear that this Far
Eastern Russian city is becoming ever more important as a base for the diamond industry.
"We are now looking forward to the World Diamond Congress which will take place in
Mumbai from October 23-25 gathering delegations from diamond bourses
and organizations from across the globe," Blom added.
WFDB Presidents and officials taking part in the Asian Summit. From left: Reuben Khafi, Hanro
Friedrich, Yoram Dvash, Mehul Shah, Lin Qiang, Caroline Yuan, Rami Baron, Martine De
Bruyne, Ernie Blom, Alex Popov, Rony Unterman, Lawrence Ma, Julien Drybooms, Henry Ho.