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Stephane Fischler
WDC Warns Against Smuggled CAR Diamonds
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has cautioned the trade to be vigilant when buying diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) since most of the country’s rough is being smuggled across its borders.The Kimberley...
Rough Markets Oct 02, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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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
WFDB
Blom Urges KP to Define Systemic Violence
The war on conflict diamonds will remain at a standstilluntil the industry can agree on what constitutes systemic violence, according to World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) president Ernie Blom. The lack of agreement on the matter is preventing...
Polished Markets Jul 29, 2019 Leah Meirovich
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Alrosa Partners with Zimbabwe Mining Company
Alrosa has agreed to a joint venture with nationalminer Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) for exploring new diamondprojects in the country. The deal, which provides Alrosa with a 70% stake in any newgreenfield deposits, encompasses...
Mining Jul 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa
Rough Trading Slowed in 2018
Global rough-diamond shipments dropped last year,reflecting slower trading in India and Belgium, according to new data from theKimberley Process (KP). Total rough imports slipped 3% to $48.49 billion for 2018,with volume down 7% to 424.2 million...
Rough Markets Jul 09, 2019 Rapaport News
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Global Diamond Production Value Rises
Global rough-diamond output grew 2% to $14.47 billion lastyear, reflecting higher production in Botswana, according to data the KimberleyProcess (KP) released last week.The average price increased 4% to $97 per carat, outweighinga 2% decline in production volume to 148.4...
Mining Jul 07, 2019 Rapaport News
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Trust Is Key for Ethical Dealing, Say Suppliers
Transparency is a growing goal for wholesalers, but there’sanother “T” word that may be even more important: trust. In an industry definedby long-abiding relationships, assurances of ethical sourcing depend heavily ona seller’s reputation for integrity. Opening...
Polished Markets Jun 19, 2019 Joyce Kauf
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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
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US Looks to Tighten Jewelry-Origin Rules
The US government wants the jewelry industry to declare the origin of all materials in products, trade organizations learned this week.State Department officials met with industry representatives on Monday to brief them on the plans.The possible rules...
Financial-Legal Apr 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
CAR
CAR Invites De Beers and Alrosa to Mine Its Diamonds
The Central African Republic (CAR) is trying to entice large diamond-mining companies to set up operations in thecountry, as part of its effort to reform the sector and meetKimberley Process (KP) regulations. The government has already contacted both...
Mining Apr 02, 2019 Leah Meirovich
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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
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Botswana Denies Zimbabwe Loan Report
The president of Botswana has repudiated claims that thecountry planned to loan Zimbabwe $600 million to support its diamond industry and private sector. Last week, Zimbabwe’s media quoted its secretary of foreign affairs and...
Rough Markets Mar 03, 2019 Rapaport News
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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
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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
Rough diamond
NGOs Slam Industry’s Human-Rights Efforts
Civil-society groups have lashed out at the diamond trade over its apparent leniency in preventing human-rights abuses from tainting the supply chain. The recent update to the World Diamond Council’s (WDC) System of Warranties...
Fair Trade Nov 13, 2018 Rapaport News
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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
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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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Global Rough Production Surges in 2017
Global rough-diamond production increased in 2017, mainlydue to new mines in Canada, according to data the Kimberley Process (KP)released last week. Total output rose 29% to $15.87 billion last year, the KPsaid. By volume, production grew...
Rough Markets Jul 08, 2018 Rapaport News
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KP Accelerates CAR’s Diamond Exports
The Kimberley Process (KP) has agreed to shorten the amountof time it takes to clear diamond exports from the Central African Republic(CAR) to one week.The KP monitoring team that polices CAR’s exports made thedecision following...
Rough Markets Jun 27, 2018 Rapaport News
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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
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