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Mark Gershburg, the CEO and founder of Gemological Science International (GSI), has announced that he will no longer be a director of the U.S. Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA).

The USKPA is a trade association that works closely with the U.S. government to prevent the infiltration of conflict diamonds into legitimate trade.

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HRD Antwerp will start offering bilingual diamond grading reports, with the first available in English/Korean and English/Chinese from February 1, 2017.

The announcement was made as part of an economic mission to South Korea (Seoul) and China (Shanghai), presided over by Antwerp's Mayor Bart De Wever. 

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The first day of the Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting in Perth on May 1 was disrupted by the Chinese delegation which opposed the presence of the Taiwanese group.

Australia complained to China's ambassador to the country following the disruption, which was described by one attendee as "extraordinary".

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The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) International Tender Center (ITC) will hold Gem Diamonds’ first tender of high-quality Letšeng productionoutside of Antwerp.

The lots will include large, high-value rough diamonds (+10.80 carat) from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho.

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Sarine Technologies Ltd said its Sarine Profile digital diamond report will be rolled out across China by Soo Kee Group Ltd under the Love & Co. brand for its Lovemarque diamond collection. Love & Co. is the bridal brand of Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed Soo Kee Group Ltd.

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The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has strongly refuted accusations made by Global Witness earlier today regarding three shipments of diamonds from Zimbabwe which were traded in Antwerp between December 2013 and September 2014.

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The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) platform, today announced the keynote speakers and subjects to be discussed at the third edition of its biennial two-day Dubai Diamond Conference 2017 ('DDC 2017') under the theme ‘Destination Next – Shaping the future of an interconnected marketplace’.

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Stephen Lussier, the chief executive of De Beers' Forevermark brand has been appointed as chairman of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA).

He takes over from Jean-Marc Lieberherr who stepped down from the role after leaving his post as managing director of Rio Tinto's diamond unit.

He was appointed DPA chairman last October a few months after the organization was set up.

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In a caution about the challenges facing the global diamond industry, Kimberley Process Chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem expressed the United Arab Emirate's commitment to act responsibly to overcome challenges, according to media reports.

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The All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation told Bloomberg that Indian jewelers are believed to be losing around 150 million a day in income from a shutdown in protest at a proposed 1% tax which has entered its second week.  

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