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"My Role is to promote Antwerp, and i don't care about people's origin. What matters to me, if i work with people, is that they add their own contribution so that all together we can make Antwerp proud.
By: Diamond World News Service
Aug 21 2010 5:45PM
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Nishit Parikh
Nishit Parikh
How would you sum up the significance of the recently concluded elections of the AWDC? We have seen yourself being elected as the first Indian President as also all six directly elected members are Indians. Would you say that this is historic, or particularly significant?

It’s not only a great honour for me, but more importantly, it’s an even greater honour for the Indian community here in Antwerp. They see it as a recognition of the importance and strong position of the Indian community in the Antwerp diamond industry. Moreover, it confirms the excellent relationships between Antwerp and India. Antwerp is India’s number one supplier of rough and I firmly believe that will continue. My role is to promote Antwerp, and I don’t care about people’s origin. What matters to me, if I work with people, is that they add their own contribution so that all together we can make Antwerp proud.

By all means Antwerp is still the largest trading centre. There’s no community that’s not represented in Antwerp, and that’s a major asset. Where else would the Jewish people, the Christians, the Jain, the Hindu, the Muslims feel comfortable to work together? In the short term, our focus will be to make sure as much rough and polished trading as possible will remain and come back to Antwerp. It’s a very convenient place to work, strategically unbeatably placed, both geographically and time zone wise.

Do you have a any particular agenda for the next two years? Would you like to implement any special plans and programmes?

I see a great opportunity as president of AWDC, to help the Antwerp diamond sector to move forward in a transparent and efficient way. Antwerp is the most important world diamond centre, and losing market share is simply no option. We should be on top of the new technological developments, to give Antwerp the right tools to broaden its scope: Antwerp as leading centre in technological support of the diamond manufacturing industry; Antwerp as knowledge centre; Antwerp as polished trading centre for polished diamonds; Antwerp as rough diamond trading centre.

In recent years there have been both security issues as well as shifts in the approach of the authorities towards the industry. Is there a wish list on this for the government?

The diamond industry, as any other industry with high value assets (whether diamonds, jewellery or cash) is an attractive target for organized, criminal actions. Security is of vital importance to the entire diamond community.

AWDC has already taken several measures to enhance security in the Antwerp diamond district, in cooperation with the police forces. People have been informed and have been receiving professional advice by the police on how to protect themselves and their families, their businesses, their private homes.

Furthermore, the Antwerp diamond district is already extremely well protected and monitored, day and night. This is perhaps the reason why we see a shift towards private homes.

Security is a work in progress, and we will continuously strive to better inform and raise awareness of our diamantaires, on how to protect themselves. The Belgian police forces have very positive experience with these issues, (e.g. in the banking sector): by educating possible targets, the incidence of. tiger kidnappings and other organized crimes has substantially decreased.

The Belgian government is aware of the importance of the Antwerp diamond sector for Belgium, as it represents 5% of the national export product. It has put the security issue of the diamond sector on its priority list. The minister of Internal Affairs has recently invited the entire Antwerp diamond sector, and has expressed its commitment to take special measures to increase the security in the diamond sector. One of these is the use of the national, dedicated centre for reporting incidents of tiger kidnapping, which was already in place for the bank sector and is now also available for the diamond sector. Furthermore, a task force is now in place with the purpose of dealing with security issues on a day-to-day basis.

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