WFDB Looking Forward to Financing Debate

Ernie Blom
Ernie Blom

Antwerp: World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) President Ernie Blom says the participation of De Beers Group CEO Philippe Mellier in the Presidents Meeting to be held in Tel Aviv from June 14 to 16 2015 will serve to sharpen one of the biggest debates that will take place at the biennial meeting – the difficulty of securing finance and declining profitability in the diamond trade.

“It is no secret that this is one of the most difficult periods for the global trade,” said Blom. “Securing financing is incredibly difficult, and the drop in profitability is making that issue even worse for our members. Consequently, I have no doubt that the WFDB Presidents, along with their counterparts from the International Diamond Manufacturers Association, will be listening very carefully to Philippe Mellier’s comments.

“We will also be holding private talks with Mr Mellier to understand better the viewpoint of De Beers in light of the tough trading conditions our members have to cope with. A major aim will be to ensure that De Beers has a complete picture of the state of the diamond industry globally. I know Philippe will be responsive to our concerns, but the time has come for us to see moves by De Beers and the other producers that enable manufacturers and others to be able to increase profitability.”