U.S., South African Officials to Address WDC

U.S. assistant secretary of state Jose Fernandez; Susan Shabangu, the minister of mineral resources of the Republic of South Africa; and Dr. Obert Mpofu, the minister of mining and mining development of the Republic of Zimbabwe will address the World Diamond Council’s annual meeting in Tel Aviv on May 6.

Among the others who will be in attendance are Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, chair of the Kimberley Process, and Tung-Lai Margue, head of the service for foreign policy instruments of the European Commission.

The WDC Annual Meeting, hosted by Moti Ganz, Israel Diamond Institute president, brings together leaders of the diamond and jewelry industry as well as government representatives.

“The presence of senior government representatives from the African rough producing countries is of critical importance,” Eli Izhakoff, World Diamond Council president, said in a statement. “Progress in the Kimberley Process has never come about through confrontation, but rather through engagement and discussion among the producers, the manufacturers, and the consuming countries.”