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Press Release: Former EU Pres. to Address Dubai Diamond Conference

Feb 16, 2015 5:01 AM   By Dubai Diamond Exchange
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Press Release: The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC) platform, today announced the two-day Dubai Diamond Conference 2015 will be officially opened by  Herman Van Rompuy, the former EU president.

The conference will take place from April 21 to 22 at the iconic Almas Tower, home to the DDE and one of the world’s leading marketplaces for diamonds.

Rompuy was elected as the first full-time E.U. president in November 2009 and he took office on December 1, 2009. In 2012, he was reelected for a second term starting on June 1, 2012 and running until November 30, 2014.

At the time of his first election, Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium.  Rompuy holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in applied economics from the university K.U. Leuven.

Peter Meeus, the chairman of the DDE, said, “We are honored to welcome Herman Van Rompuy, the former EU president and Prime Minister of Belgium as keynote speaker at the Dubai Diamond Conference 2015. There are currently strong commodities-trading relations in place between Europe and the Middle East, but we can always do more to seek out new opportunities and we look forward to hearing Mr. Van Rompuy’s view on what the future holds for the diamond trade in particular.”

The Dubai Diamond Conference will provide an opportunity to build relationships between companies and governments in producing and consuming countries, further highlighting the pivotal role that Dubai plays in the global diamond trade for diamonds.

The conference program will enable discussions and debate around the themes of financing, synthetics, corporate governance and ethics in the diamond trade with a focus on stimulating innovation and growth in the African, Middle Eastern and Asian diamond industry.

Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) is a DMCC platform and a leading diamond center based in Almas Tower. From buyers to sellers to service providers -- everything the industry requires 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.

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Feb 16, 2015 8:29AM    By Maurice Rosenfeld
How is it possible that Mr. Van Rompuy who is considered as a serious and honest international figure, lets himself be lured to go to Dubai to a conference where Mr. Peter Meeus will play his role as Director. The latter was once secretary of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse and thereafter Director of the HRD. He has then betrayed all his ties to Belgium and is now a the serice of Dubai. Does only money speak ?
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