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The Third International Rough Diamond Conference Overwhelming Success

Posted on 2012-11-06, By A-Best Staff

Israel’s Third International Rough Diamond Conference, held on February 11 and 12, 2008, in Tel Aviv was deemed an overwhelming success, by Eli Avidar, Managing Director of the Israel Diamond Institute Group (IDI) which organized the conference.

“This conference was truly a summit of the rough diamond world. We succeeded in bringing together the leading diamond producer companies, most of the African producing countries, exploration and mining companies and major diamond stakeholders to discuss the challenges facing the industry at a crucial time for the industry,” Avidar said.

Amongst the more than participants were leaders of the world’s major diamond producing companies including De Beers Managing Director Gareth Penny, DTC Managing Director Varda Shine, Alrosa Managing Director Sergei Vybornov, Harry Winston Diamond Corporation President Robert Gannicott, Petra CEO Adonis Pouroulis, Gem Diamonds Managing Director Clifford Elphick, Namdeb Managing Director Inge Zaamwani and Mwana Africa CEO Kalaa Mpinga.

African diamond producing countries were represented by Sierra Leone Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana, Liberian Minister of Land, Mines and Energy Dr. Eugene Shannon, as well as by senior delegations from Namibia and Botswana

Future sources of rough supply were addressed by Rockwell Diamonds CEO

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