Rapaport Press Release
Will Make Keynote Address at London's TBLI Conference

RAPAPORT... PRESS RELEASE, October 19, 2011, New York: Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group issued a statement at the recent U.S. State Department meeting on "The Feasibility of Direct Marketing of Artisanal Diamonds."

Mr. Rapaport's remarks focused on two key solutions for the empowerment and legitimization of artisanal miners:

1. Regional Auction Markets. "We must provide artisanal diggers with access to fair markets that provide cash liquidity at transparent and competitive, fair market value prices. I believe that this can and should be accomplished through the establishment of regional tender-auction markets in artisanal mining areas," said Mr. Rapaport.

2. Ethical Certification Systems. “We must track diamond and gem production from the source - artisanal digger cooperatives or small business units - to finished jewelry products," he said.

The full text of Mr. Rapaport’s remarks are available at http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=37491

Mr. Rapaport will make a keynote presentation entitled “Development Diamonds – Challenges and Opportunities” at the TBLI Conference (Triple Bottom Line Investing) to be held in London, on November 10, 2011. Additional information about the TIBLI conference is available at www.tbliconference.com

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