The World Diamond Council (WDC), which prevents conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, concluded its 13th annual meeting this week in Dubai.
The event was hosted by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and attendees represented one of the most complete and inclusive group of global diamond industry participants in recent WDC AGM history, the WDC said.
“Extensive and constructive discussions spanned issues and opportunities for the diamond industry to ensure that no diamond is linked to conflict or human rights abuses, a process where the WDC serves as the single voice of the diamond industry as an Official Observer of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Participants included all of the major global industry players in the diamond supply pipeline and strong representation of both Eastern and Western interests, as well as Africa.”
“Diamonds continue to delight consumers and at the same time they deliver tremendous value, creating employment opportunities for millions of people and providing much needed economic, healthcare and education benefits across every continent on the globe,” said WDC Acting President, Stephane Fischler. “It was wonderful to see such a strong presence at this year’s event from so many diverse interests and we are all fortunate to work together in an industry that has such a far-reaching impact, sustaining life and bringing joy, to so many around the world. It is clear that we share a sense of pride and responsibility to ensure that these wonderful attributes remain at the core of our mission.”