Antwerp World Diamond Centre to Host Groundbreaking Diamond Conference



    ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC)
will host a landmark conference to discuss the future of the diamond industry
on October 15-16. In particular, it will examine the changes that are likely
as a result of the increasing power of producer countries.
    The conference, "Producers in transition: the Changing Industry Dynamic",
will take place at the Flanders Congress & Concert Centre in Antwerp, Belgium.
It will address the major issues facing the diamond industry: whether the
shift in power towards diamond producing countries will continue, and what
impact this will have on mining companies, diamond cutting and polishing,
diamond trading centres, diamond banking, and retailing. The conference has
been designed to hear the view of all stakeholders at first hand.
    The conference will be addressed among others by Deputy Prime Minister of
Angola Aguinaldo Jaime; South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa
Sonjica; Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz; Kimberley Process
chairman Karel Kovanda; Sergey Vybornov, President of Alrosa; Gareth Penny,
Managing Director of De Beers, and many other leading figures. The conference
will also involve the leading mining companies and representatives of all
other major producing countries.
    The keynote speech at the conference gala dinner will be given by
development campaigner Bob Geldof. The gala dinner will be graced with the
presence of guest of honor H.R.H. Princess Mathilde of Belgium and H.E. Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf, the president of Liberia who was elected in 2005 and is
Africa's first elected female head of state.
    Sir Geldof follows in the footsteps of the major international figures
who have been guest speakers at the gala dinner of the three previous Antwerp
Diamond Conferences: former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Vice
President Al Gore, and South African President Thabo Mbeki, who in 2004 used
the occasion to announce the imminent launch his government's beneficiation
programme.
    This forum will be an invaluable opportunity for all players in the
diamond industry to gain insight and engage in the future of their industry.
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre has taken the lead to bring together such a
diverse group of stakeholders from around the world to directly discuss the
most important issue facing this industry.
    Further information, including registration is at
http://www.antwerpdiamondconference.be





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For further information: Philip Claes, Tel: +32-(0)3-222-05-05, Gsm:
+32-(0)496-455-680

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