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Delegation from Kuwait visits Antwerp
AWDC launches the Antwerp Diamond Experience initiative to target biggest and most promising diamond markets
By: Diamond World News Service
Mar 31 2016 10:03AM
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A delegation of leading jewelers and diamond traders from Kuwait are visiting the Antwerp diamond industry. This visit marks the launch of a new initiative by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the Antwerp Diamond Experience.

With this initiative, AWDC is targeting the biggest and most promising diamond markets, with visits from the United States, China, Bahrain and Turkey planned for 2016. AWDC is keen to develop relationships with individual groups and businesses ‘on the ground’ to help pave the way for companies it represents, and have made it a priority to facilitate interested companies to find their way to Antwerp, to give participating companies inside access to Antwerp diamond market.

Across three days, the delegation from Kuwait interacted with their counterparts in Antwerp, gaining also a behind-the-scenes look at the diamond capital and doing business at high-level networking events. Kuwait is an up-and-coming diamond market, and a major player in the pearl, gold and gemstone jewelry trade.

As AWDC CEO Ari Epstein told the Kuwait delegation, “We have long seen Kuwait as a logical and potentially significant diamond market and trade partner. Our goal is to provide inside access to Antwerp diamond market and the opportunity to expand your business and learn more about the world’s premier diamond hub. But above all, we wish to use this initiative to get to know one another personally, to build confidence in new trade partners. Particularly in Antwerp, our business is based on trust, and I am confident we will sow the seeds that eventually blossom into long and prosperous relationships.”

Participants from the Kuwait delegation mentioned that Kuwaitis in general hold Belgian diamonds in high regard. “Kuwaiti people believe that diamonds should come from Belgium,” said Faisal Ali of Zen Diamonds, a Turkish company. He also praised the work of HRD Antwerp to strengthen the relationship between HRD and Kuwait including engaging the Kuwait Ministry of Commerce & Industry directly and organizing a “Diamond Essentials Workshop” in Kuwait.

These visits are designed to replicate the face-to-face contact of a trade fair but at a much more concentrated and personalized level. The intention is that these visits will serve as the first stepping-stone to lasting partnerships. The Kuwait delegation was also welcomed for a dinner at Antwerp’s impressive and historical City Hall.

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