News Bureau

October 12, 2017

David Cameron keynote address at DDC

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) platform, announced that former UK Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron is to speak at the 3rd Dubai Diamond Conference themed ‘Shaping the future of an interconnected marketplace’.

The former Prime Minister, currently also on the global board of advisers for the Council on Foreign Relations, will address international leaders of the diamond industry ranging from African Ministers of Mines to traders, financiers and world-renowned jewellers.

The Dubai Diamond Conference connects companies and governments in producing and consuming countries to build relationships and highlight the pivotal role that Dubai plays in the global diamond trade. The two-day programme will enable discussions and debate with a focus on stimulating innovation and growth to shape a sustainable future of trade for all.

On Day 2 of the Dubai Diamond Conference on the theme of ‘Lab-grown diamonds and their disclosure: Is there a problem?’  The panel will be led by moderators Peter Meeus, Chairman of the DDE, and Tim Dabson, a former De Beers executive, who will ask a wide range of leading industry figures whether the current detection equipment available is sufficient to uncover synthetic diamonds mixed with natural stones, if sanctions are strong enough to deter such activity, and whether the diamond trade can get ahead of the curve and not appear to always be simply responding to incidents.

Mr. Meeus said: "The entry of synthetics into the supply chain has been controversial. Set to be a fruitful debate, our panel experts will address this and how to maintain the integrity of products and consumer confidence at the Dubai Diamond Conference in October".