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South Africa's Shabangu to Address WDC in May

Apr 2, 2012 10:49 AM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The Minister of Natural Resource for South Africa, Susan Shabangu, will deliver a keynote address at the plenary Session of the eight annual meeting of the World Diamond Council (WDC) in Vicenza, Italy, on May 14.

Shabangu will also lead a delegation of high-level officials to the meeting from South Africa, which holds the vice chairmanship of the Kimberley Process this year. South Africa once again becomes chairman on January 1, 2013, a role it held during the inaugural year of the Kimberley Process one decade earlier.

"It will be an honor to host Minister Shanbangu and her delegation in Vicenza," said Eli Izhakoff, the  president of the WDC. "With South Africa playing so key a role in the Kimberley Process during the coming two years, their presence underscores the commitment to the ongoing alliance between government, industry and civil society in defending the integrity of the diamond trade."
 
Among the other senior government officials who will be addressing the WDC on May 14 are U.S. Ambassador Gillian A. Milovanovic, the chair of the Kimberley Process, and Tung-Lai Margue, the director and head of the service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission.

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