The Sixth International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI) opened yesterday to a packed trading hall at the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), with the participation of some 400 buyers from 30 countries, and over 200 diamond companies exhibiting from Israel and abroad, says a 'release' from the IDE.
The festive opening ceremony included speeches by Israel Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, ALROSA President Andrey Zharkov, IDE President Yoram Dvash, Israel Diamond Institute Chairman Shmuel Schnitzer, Diamond Dealers Club Reuven Kaufman and other diamond leaders.
IDE President Yoram Dvash addresses opening ceremony
IDE President Yoram Dvash said, “I am pleased to see the huge turnout of friends and colleagues from Israel and abroad. We are here to do what we love – to buy and sell diamonds. And that’s what we hope to do as much as possible during this week.”
After surprising the audience by opening his remarks in Hebrew, ALROSA President Andrey Zharkov said that ALROSA would be holding an auction during IDWI of large, high quality rough and polished stones that are specially geared to the Israeli market.
Later in the day, Zharkov held a talk before leading Israeli diamond companies. Expressing ALROSA's commitment to strengthening ties with the Israeli diamond industry, he cited the importance of the 2015 MOU between ALROSA and IDE to share information and cooperate on issues of mutual interest and adding that Israel is one of ALROSA’s three main markets as a major buyer of high quality, large diamonds.
Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished