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NGOs Merge to Advance Artisanal Mining Sector
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), which has worked to improve conditions for small-scale diamond miners for more than a decade, has merged with Resolve, an organization engaged in tackling social, health and environmental challenges.DDI...
Mining Jul 26, 2020 Rapaport News
KP Intersessional
KP June Intersessional to Go Virtual
The Kimberley Process (KP) Intersessional Meeting will take place as a virtual conference this year, as European borders close to travelers due to the coronavirus pandemic.The annual forum, in which member states, civil societies and the...
Rough Markets Mar 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Edward Asscher WDC 150
Asscher to Lead World Diamond Council
Edward Asscher, president of Royal Asscher Diamond Company, will take over as president of the World Diamond Council (WDC) in June for a two-year term.Asscher, currently vice president of the WDC, will succeed Stephane Fischler, who...
Polished Markets Feb 04, 2020 Rapaport News
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WDC Welcomes New Executive Director
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has hired industry veteran Elodie Daguzan as executive director to succeed Marie-Chantal Kaninda, it said Tuesday.Daguzan most recently spent eight years at Paris-based diamond-trading company Rubel & Ménasché as head...
Rough Markets Jan 28, 2020 Rapaport News
WDC KP Penary
KP Fails to Expand Conflict-Diamond Definition
The definition of a conflict diamond will remain unchanged, despite a three-year effort to broaden the mandate of the Kimberley Process (KP). Government representatives were not able to reach the required consensus on the issue at last week’s...
Rough Markets Nov 24, 2019 Rapaport News
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WDC Executive Director Exits Organization
Marie-Chantal Kaninda hasstepped down as executive director of the World Diamond Council (WDC) after two and a half years in the position. “Marie-Chantal’s influence on the WDC has been profound,”WDC president Stephane Fischler said Tuesday.“As...
Rough Markets Sep 03, 2019 Rapaport News
AFG
French Gem Group to Hold Diamond Symposium
The French Association of Gemmology (AFG) will hold aconference in Paris on the state of the diamond industry, it said Monday.The 18th Paris Gemmological Rendez Vous — whichwill take place on September 9 — will cover topics including diamondmining,...
Polished Markets Jul 23, 2019 Rapaport News
KP Intersessional
Industry Leaders Encourage Reform at KP
World Diamond Council (WDC) president Stephane Fischlerurged Kimberley Process (KP) member governments to reach an agreement on trade-reform issues, including expanding thedefinition of a conflict diamond. “We are relying on each of you, during this final year...
Mining Jun 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Julien Drybooms 150
Antwerp Bourse Head to Lead IDC Board
The International Diamond Council (IDC) has elected Julien Drybooms as chairman of its board.Drybooms is the chairman of the Vrije Diamanthandel diamond bourse in Antwerp, and the owner of Drybooms Diamonds. He is also a former chairman of HRD Antwerp,...
Polished Markets Apr 23, 2019 Rapaport News
WDC UN
UN Resolution Calls for KP Reforms
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has enacted aresolution calling for reforms to increase the effectiveness of the KimberleyProcess (KP), the World Diamond Council (WDC) said. The European Union proposed the resolution...
Rough Markets Mar 05, 2019 Rapaport News
WDC KP
KP Needs to Embrace Change, WDC Says
World Diamond Council (WDC) president Stephane Fischler hasurged the Kimberley Process (KP) to implement changes before the end of itsthree-year review. “The organization must grasp an historic opportunity tocorrect shortfalls in the system designed...
Rough Markets Mar 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Artisanal diamonds miner in Sierra Leone
WDC Issues Definition of Conflict Diamonds
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has released its proposed newKimberley Process (KP) definition of conflict diamonds, which addresses abroader range of human-rights abuses. The definition describes them as “rough diamonds used bypublic security...
Fair Trade Nov 14, 2018 Rapaport News
Stephane Fischler 150
Conflict-Diamond Definition on KP Agenda
The World Diamond Council (WDC) will propose an expandeddefinition of conflict diamonds at this week’s Kimberley Process (KP) plenarymeeting in Brussels. The broader wording will address “grave and systematicviolence,” the WDC said Thursday, without...
Fair Trade Nov 11, 2018 Leah Meirovich
CAR diamonds
Violence Limiting CAR Diamond Exports
Continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) ismaking it impossible for the nation to develop its diamond sector, according to the World DiamondCouncil (WDC). A massacre in Bria left 30 people dead last week — thelatest in a string...
Rough Markets Oct 25, 2018 Leah Meirovich
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KP Addresses Conflict-Diamond Definition
The Kimberley Process (KP) discussed plans for a reformagenda at its intersessional meeting in Antwerp last week, includingbroadening its definition of conflict diamonds. “I believe the industry has expressed an unambiguous andclear position,” acting president Stephane...
Rough Markets Jun 25, 2018 Rapaport News
World Diamond Council 150
WDC Seeks Feedback on Ethics Reforms
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has invited the public to review reforms to its System of Warranties (SoW), a method the organization established to keep the supply chain conflict-free. The WDC created the SoW in 2000...
Polished Markets Jun 10, 2018 Rapaport News
Stephane Fischler 150
WDC Raises Ethical Sourcing with US Govt.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) addressed the US StateDepartment last week for the first time regarding responsible diamond sourcing and theKimberley Process (KP).In her presentation, WDC executive director Marie-Chantal Kaninda pointed...
Polished Markets Jun 04, 2018 Rapaport News
RJC
Signet, Alrosa Execs Join RJC Leadership
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has named threesenior figures from the trade to positions on its board. The new officers — appointed at the RJC’s annual generalmeeting in Moscow last week — include David Bouffard, vice...
Polished Markets May 22, 2018 Rapaport News
Stephane Fischler
WDC Members to Meet in Dubai
The World Diamond Council (WDC) will hold its 13th annualgeneral meeting in Dubai, the organization said Wednesday.The AGM will feature discussions of industry recommendationsfor the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) review cycle,...
Rough Markets Jul 26, 2017 Rapaport News
Trump Tower
Trump Effect: Diamond Trade Optimistic For 2017
As 2016 draws to a close, Rapaport News took theopportunity to speak with leading industry experts about thepast year and their expectations for the next 12 months. Most agreed 2016 wasa challenging year, to say the...
Polished Markets Dec 29, 2016 Joshua Freedman
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