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WFDB’s Young Diamantaires’s first group meeting held during HK Fair
Among topics discussed were ambitions of the group and the future of the diamond trade
By: Diamond World News Service
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Sep 17 2016 8:05PM
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WFDB President Ernie Blom
WFDB President Ernie Blom
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses' (WFDB) Young Diamantaires group’s inaugural meeting kicked off in Hong Kong during the Jewellery and Gems Fair on September 15. This initiative launched at the 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai, four months ago, garnered a wide interest among young diamond industry members globally joining in the group's social media discussions on how to take the industry forward.

WFDB Promotion Committee Chairman Rami Baron said, "I am delighted to report that it exceeded expectations. We were able to discuss a wide range of issues, including the ambitions of the group and the future of the diamond trade. The meeting was also broadcast on the Internet, with scores of people around the world listening in.

"The highlight of the evening was the networking by those people who would rarely have the chance to meet specifically other young diamond people from all over the world," Baron explained. "There were so many conversations where people could see that everyone faced similar issues as themselves. Added to that, the meetings created new connections leading many of the attendees to visit booths at the show that they otherwise would not have done," Baron added.

The project came out of discussions held by the WFDB's Promotion Committee to promote ongoing communications between younger diamond industry members and reaching out to new members of the Federation's 30 affiliated diamond bourses across the globe, while also raising the profile of the WFDB.

The group of younger members of diamond firms, bourses and organisations from the main diamond centres will communicate on a regular basis.

WFDB President Ernie Blom, who welcomed the members of the group, said: "It's not just the numbers of people that are taking part that impressed me, but also the enthusiasm that they bring to this initiative. Clearly, we have struck a rich vein of interest. This is an exciting initiative because we see the younger generation bringing ideas and proposals about how the industry should change and adapt. But they are also keen to share their ideas and cooperate for the greater good of the whole industry so that everyone benefits, and that fills me with enormous optimism," he added.

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