Ex-Belgian PM To Keynote at Dubai Diamond Conference 2015

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) has announced that the two-day Dubai Diamond Conference 2015 will be officially opened by Former EU President Herman Van Rompuy.

The conference will take place from 21 to 22 April at the iconic Almas Tower home to the DDE and one of the world’s leading marketplaces for diamonds.

Herman Van Rompuy was elected as the first full-time EU President in November 2009, and took office on December 1, 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second term starting on June 1, 2012 and running until November 30, 2014.

At the time of his first election, Herman Van Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium.

DDE Chairman Peter Meeus said: “We are honored to welcome Herman Van Rompuy, the former EU President and Prime Minister of Belgium as keynote speaker at the Dubai Diamond Conference 2015. There are currently strong commodities trading relations in place between Europe and the Middle East, but we can always do more to seek out new opportunities and we look forward to hearing Mr. Van Rompuy’s view on what the future holds for the diamond trade in particular.”

The Dubai Diamond Conference will provide an opportunity to build relationships between companies and governments in producing and consuming countries, further highlighting the pivotal role that Dubai plays in the global diamond trade for diamonds.

The conference program will enable discussions and debate around the themes of financing, synthetics, corporate governance and ethics in the diamond trade with a focus on stimulating innovation and growth in the African, Middle Eastern and Asian diamond industry.

Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) is a DMCC platform and a leading diamond center based in Almas Tower. From buyers to sellers to service providers - everything the industry require in terms of infrastructure and a marketplace is available under one roof in a secure environment at Almas Tower including: DDE, vaulting, boiling, polishing, certification, transport and logistics services and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.