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Address by Ronnie VanderLinden at Opening Session of the 21st Presidents’ Meeting, at the Almas Tower, Dubai, UAE, September 24, 2019.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC);

Ernest Blom, President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses;

Edgar Diego de Carvallo, Chief Executive Officer of the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA);

Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation;

Honored guests, colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Had we all arrived here, to wonderful Dubai, without a pre-designated agenda, we’d still all know what the challenges are that we need to tackle, as we all in the same boat.

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September 20, 2019

When the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was launched officially on January 1, 2003, it created for the first time in our industry’s history an ethical threshold that could be universally enforced.

 

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