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Dubai Diamond Conference to Hold Panel on Ethics

World Diamond Council and KP Civil Society to Participate in Dubai Conference

Apr 13, 2015 3:36 AM   By DMCC
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Press Release: The second Dubai Diamond Conference, taking place April 21 and 22, will highlight the issue of ethical business behavior -- one of the most pressing issues affecting the global diamond trade. 

The topic will be the focus of a special panel, one of five to be held during the two-day gathering at the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), which will bring together leading diamond and jewelry industry figures from across the globe. Hundreds of participants are expected at the conference, to be held at Almas Tower, the Middle East’s tallest commercial building and home to over 1,000 diamond, precious metals, precious stones and jewelry companies.

The conference will also host a panel on ethics, where NGOs and businesses  may address the rise in interest among the general public regarding the issue of "conflict diamonds" and sustainable development. Panel members include Christine Gordon, a former UN consultant; Ola Bello, the ead of GARP of the South African Institute of International Affairs; Mike Angenent, the founder of the Jeweltree Foundation; Shamiso Mtisi, a member of the Kimberley Process civil society coalition and the head of programs for ZELAkk; Farai Mutamangira, a partner at Mutamangira and Associates and Edward Asscher, the president of the World Diamond Council. The panel will be moderated by Peter Meeus, the chairman of DDE and industry journalist Albert Robinson.

Bello said, “At this critical juncture in the evolution of the Kimberley Process, the global diamond industry and global non-governmental organizations require a renewed, more forward looking engagement to jointly promote positive transformation in the industry. This must be based on respect and understanding, transparency and good communication as well as realistic expectations of the type that can anchor mutual trust, support and empathy among stakeholders. Only through such a dialog can commercial and social stakeholders create conditions for the productive partnership required to address challenges, including on corporate social responsibility, transparency and good governance.”

Meeus said, "We have hand-picked high-caliber panel members for their expertise in the issues to be discussed. Their high-level input and analysis during the panel debates will add enormously to the knowledge of delegates to the conference regarding many different aspects of the state of the diamond and jewelry markets. We will be covering the entire pipeline and all the issues that are having an impact on business across the globe."

The other three conference panels for discuss will be: Africa First, Diamond Financing and Retail in Difficult Times

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the executive chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), said, "I am delighted that the second Dubai Diamond Conference has an agenda that is very relevant for the future of the diamond industry and a strong lineup of speakers. I look forward to new insights and new progressive steps being taken for the benefit of the diamond industry."
Registration for the conference has started. More information can be found on the Dubai Diamond Conference website:

Dubai Diamond Exchange
The DDE is a DMCC platform and a leading diamond center based in the Almas Tower. From buyers to sellers to service providers -- everything the industry require in terms of infrastructure and a marketplace is available under one roof in a secure environment at Almas Tower including: DDE, vaulting, boiling, polishing, certification, transport and logistics services and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Since its inception in 2002, the DMCC has successfully established Dubai as the global gateway for commodities trade by building and enhancing its physical and financial infrastructure, regulatory standards, products and services, including the launch of the DDE and the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX). 

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