WFDB MISSION STATEMENT

The WFDB will lead, advise and manage its affairs with the objective of securing a growing, profitable, respected, and sustainable international diamond industry.
The WFDB will fulfill its responsibility by upholding and ensuring standards, protecting the industry’s reputation and, where necessary, instituting disciplinary measures.

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WFDB BOURSES

A bourse whose members deal in diamonds, precious stones or jewellery is entitled to apply for membership of the WFDB provided they have been established for at least one full year under a written constitution, have a clearly designated and representative governing body, and are able to prove their means of subsistence.
Members of the bourses affiliated to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses pledge themselves to uphold the traditions, principles of mutual trust, consideration and friendship which prevail among the members of the bourses world-wide.

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The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) was founded and convened for the first time in 1946, in Antwerp.
It is committed to fostering and promoting the highest ideals of honesty and best practice principles throughout the diamond industry worldwide, as well as full compliance with all relevant national and international laws.
Towards this end, the organization has developed and adopted a Code of Conduct, which is binding on all members.

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IDMA also works to encourage fair and honorable practices and decent working conditions for those employed in the diamond industry; and to preserve, protect and promote the trust and confidence of consumers in diamonds and diamond products.
It encourages and supports social responsibility on the part of the industry in respect to all citizens of the world.
IDMA seeks to take a unified leadership role on all issues affecting the industry and convenes biennially at the same time as the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) World Diamond Congress.
The Congress includes a session of the general assemblies of both organizations, where joint resolutions are passed on current issues of concern.
The association has played an active role in establishing the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is a co-founder of the World Diamond Council.
IDMA has 16 member associations at present and its current President is Mr. Ronnie VanderLinden of the USA.

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The Israel Diamond Exchange Ltd. is a private company uniting approximately 3100 members and companies engaged in all aspects of the diamond business: import and export of rough and polished diamonds, manufacturing, brokerage and so forth. The Diamond Exchange creates for its members a business environment that allows them to manage their affairs in maximum comfort and security.

The Diamond Exchange activities are conducted within the concept of “everything under one roof” which gives members access to everything they need within the complex, from professional and business services to social services and equipment, so that among the services that can be found in the buildings of the Diamond Exchange are: shipping and insurance companies, banks, a post office, a customs office, a synagogue, a place for Torah study (Beit Midrash), restaurants, shops, a gym, a doctor’s office and much more.

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The Israel Diamond Exchange is the largest Diamond Exchange in the world and operates two large commercial halls (one for polished and one for rough diamonds), equipped with advanced and sophisticated technology, computer systems, internet and diamond weighing services.

In the technological section, located in the Rough Diamond Hall, members and companies of the Diamond Exchange have access, free of charge, to the most advanced technological services required for marketing diamonds, including state-of-the-art gemological equipment.

The Diamond Exchange sets and implements rules of trade and conduct for the diamond industry and also regulations for membership approval and dismissal. In the event of conduct violations and breaches of accepted commercial norms, the Diamond Exchange has its own arbitration and penalization institution and assists its members in settling business disputes via arbitration or mediation.

The Diamond Exchange draws its authority from the provisions of the Articles of Association. The Diamond Exchange institutions comprise: President, Directorate and Control Committee – elected by direct, secret and democratic elections; a professionally trained staff headed by the Managing Director; directorate committees; a panel of arbitrators and a disciplinary committee. In addition to its work on an internal level, the Diamond Exchange represents its members at various institutions in Israel – government ministries, Bank of Israel, commercial banks, chambers of commerce, tax authorities, etc.

The Diamond Exchange also represents its members before international organizations. The Diamond Exchange is a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), the World Diamond Council (WDC) which represents the diamond industry in the “Kimberley Process” Forum and the World Jewelry Confederation (CIBJO). The Israel Diamond Exchange plays a leading role in these international organizations.

The Diamond Exchange takes an active role in the business and professional development of the diamond branch in Israel and abroad, whether as an independent entity or in cooperation with the Israel Diamond Manufacturers’ Association and the Israel Diamond Institute. In this framework, the Diamond Exchange is partner to marketing and promoting the branch, finding new sources of supply for rough diamonds, fostering relationships with existing sources and participating in relevant legislative processes in Israel and abroad.

The Diamond Exchange complex covering approximately 80,000 square meters, houses more than a thousand private offices and extensive public areas. They are managed by a subsidiary company with a separate legal entity – the Israel Diamond Exchange Enterprises (1965) Ltd.

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Congress Program (subject to change)

Tuesday 19th  June 2018

All meetings at the Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel 

Secretarial room at Olive room 

All meetings are closed sessions 
Time  Event  Speaker  Topic Venue
8:00 Registration The Palm, Olive Sycamore Foyer
09:00 -11:30 Judicial Committee Meeting The Sycamore Ballroom
 09:00 – 11:30 Promotion Committee Meeting
11:30 – 13:00 Trade and Business Committee Meeting The Palm Ballroom
11:30 – 13:00 IDMA Meeting King Solomon
13:00 -14:00 Lunch Café MED
14:00 – 17:00 Tour of Israel Diamond Exchange IDE
17:30 – 18:30 Executive Committee Meeting
19:00 – 21:00 Opening Cocktail (inc. accompanying guests) –

Dress code – smart casual

Grand Ballroom  terrace

Wednesday 20th  June 2018

All meetings at the Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel 

Secretarial room at Olive room 

Gala Dinner TBA
Time  Event  Speaker Topic Venue
8:00 Registration Ball room foyer
09:00 -11:00 Opening Session / Speeches Ball room A+B
11:00 -11:15 Coffee break Ball room foyer
11:15 – 12:15 Keynote Speech & Guest Speaker Ball room A+B
12:15 – 12:45 Professional lecture Ball room A+B
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch Café Med
13:30 – 15:30 WFDB separate working session

IDMA separate working session

Ball room A+B

King Solomon

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break Ball room foyer
15:45 – 17:00 WFDB  separate working session

IDMA  separate working session

Ball room A+B

King Solomon

19:30 Gala Dinner

Dress Code – Formal Suit

Hangar 11 Tel Aviv

Thursday 21st June 2018

All meetings at the Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel 

Secretarial room at Olive room 

Dinner at café med
Time  Event  Speaker  Topic Venue
8:00 Registration Ball room foyer
09:30 -11:15 WFDB Separate Working Session Ball room A & B
09:30 -11:15 IDMA Separate Working Session King Solomon
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break Ball room foyer
11:30 – 12:30 WFDB separate working session Ball room A+B
11:30 – 12:30 IDMA Separate Working Session King Solomon
12:30-13:00 Professional lecture Ball room A + B
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Café Med
14:00 – 15:15 Panel Discussion (joint session) Ball room A+B
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break Break-out Room, Almas Conference Centre, Ground Floor, Almas Tower
15:30 – 17:00 Press Conference Ball room A+B

Tuesday 19th  June 2018

All meetings at the Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel 

Secretarial room at Olive room 

All meetings are closed sessions 
Time  Event  Speaker  Topic Venue
8:00 Registration The Palm, Olive Sycamore Foyer
09:00 -11:30 Judicial Committee Meeting- 15 pax The Sycamore Ballroom
09:00 – 11:30 Promotion Committee Meeting 30 pax  
11:30 – 13:00 Trade and Business Committee Meeting – 25 pax The Palm Ballroom
11:30 – 13:00 IDMA Meeting King Solomon
13:00 -14:00 Lunch Café MED
14:00 – 17:00 Tour of Israel Diamond Exchange IDE
17:30 – 18:30 Executive Committee Meeting- 20 pax  
19:00 – 21:00 Opening Cocktail (inc. accompanying guests) –Dress code – smart casual Grand Ballroom  terrace

 

 

Wednesday 20th  June 2018

All meetings at the Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel 

Secretarial room at Olive room 

Gala Dinner TBA
Time  Event  Speaker Topic Venue
8:00 Registration Ball room foyer
09:00 -11:00 Opening Session / Speeches Ball room A+B
11:00 -11:15 Coffee break Ball room foyer
11:15 – 12:15 Keynote Speech & Guest Speaker Ball room A+B
12:15 – 12:45 Professional lecture Ball room A+B
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch Café Med
13:30 – 15:30 WFDB separate working session IDMA separate working session Ball room A+B King Solomon
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break Ball room foyer
15:45 – 17:00 WFDB  separate working session IDMA  separate working session Ball room A+B King Solomon
19:30 Gala Dinner Dress Code – Formal Suit Hangar 11 Tel Aviv

 

Thursday 21st June 2018

All meetings at the Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel 

Secretarial room at Olive room 

Dinner at café med
Time  Event  Speaker  Topic Venue
8:00 Registration Ball room foyer
09:30 -11:15 WFDB Separate Working Session Ball room A & B
09:30 -11:15 IDMA Separate Working Session King Solomon
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break Ball room foyer
11:30 – 12:30 WFDB separate working session Ball room A+B
11:30 – 12:30 IDMA Separate Working Session King Solomon
12:30-13:00 Professional lecture Ball room A + B
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Café Med
14:00 – 15:15 Panel Discussion (joint session) Ball room A+B
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break Break-out Room, Almas Conference Centre, Ground Floor, Almas Tower
15:30 – 17:00 Press Conference Ball room A+B

 

 

DELUXE ROOM WITH SEA VIEW

26-32 sq. m./280-344 sq. ft., complimentary buffet breakfast, sea view, balcony, free WiFi

This Deluxe Room, located on floors 3 – 10, features a private balcony with Mediterranean Sea view, King-size bed, work desk with ergonomic chair and 42-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The spacious marble bathroom includes a separate shower and/or bathtub, and Dead-Sea bath amenities.

EXECUTIVE ROOM WITH SEA VIEW

32 sq. m./344 sq. ft., Executive Lounge access, free breakfast, sea view, balcony, free WiFi
This Executive room, located on floors 11 – 12, features a private balcony with Mediterranean Sea view, King-size bed, work desk with ergonomic chair and 42-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The spacious marble bathroom includes a separate shower and bathtub, and Dead-Sea bath amenities.

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VISTA CLUB

This Vista Club room, located on floors 13 – 16, features a private balcony with Mediterranean Sea view, King-size bed, work desk with ergonomic chair and 42-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The spacious marble bathroom includes a separate shower and bathtub, and Ahava Dead-Sea bath amenities.

Room Type *

Deluxe Sea View
Deluxe room – Single $418
Deluxe room – Double $440
• Rates are inclusive of buffet breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the gym and spa.
Executive Sea View
Executive room – Single $526
Executive room – Double $549
• Rates are inclusive of entrance to the 12th floor Executive Lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the gym and spa. (Entrance to the lounge is from age 16th and above).
Vista Club
Vista Club room – Single $614
Vista Club room room – Double $636
• Rates are inclusive of entrance to the 17th floor Vista Lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the gym and spa.

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Tel-Aviv Museum of Arts followed by lunch –

Departure from Hotel at 10:00

Tel Aviv was established in 1909, by a group of Jewish families from Jaffa, a port city which has been inhabited for over seven thousand years. Tel Aviv originally began where Jaffa ended, however in 1950 the two cities were united into a single municipal entity. Tel Aviv-Jaffa is now Israel’s cultural as well as financial center, a mix of antiquity and innovation, and the center of Israel’s high-tech industry and youth culture.

Tel Aviv is the center of Israeli industry and commerce. High-tech is Israel’s number one industry and has been the engine of Israel’s rapid economic development over the last decades. Even in the face of a global economic crisis. Israel has the largest number of startup firms per capita of any country and the second largest concentration of high-tech companies (after Silicon Valley). As a city that encourages innovation and creativity, Tel Aviv is the heart Israel’s high-tech and information-based industries, home to most of the country’s startup companies.

In 2010 and 2011 Lonely Planet magazine ranked Tel Aviv third on its list of Top Ten Cities to Visit, calling it “a truly diverse 21stcentury Mediterranean hub” and “by far the most international city in Israel.” In 2012 MasterCard reported Tel Aviv was the fifth most visited destination in all of Africa and the Middle East. Thanks to its 14-kilometer-long beach strip, In 2010 National Geographic magazine included Tel Aviv on its list of “World’s 10 Best Beach.

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Unique in its status as a major center of industry as well as a hub of youth culture, Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean coast and enjoys, on average, 318 sunny days a year. The city’s public beaches are meticulously maintained and are open to visitors year-round, encouraging everything from laid back sunbathing on the sand to sporting activities such as wind surfing – a sport in which Israel won its first Olympic gold medal in 2004.

Nightlife thrives in Tel Aviv due to the city’s high percentage of residents between the ages of 18 and 34. Some are students , some are young entrepreneurs, many are artists come to experience Israel’s most vibrant city.

One way or another, Tel Aviv has the highest percentage of young people of any city in Israel, and the city’s infrastructure (with green, eco-friendly bikes available for rent across the city), culture and atmosphere reflect this.

Although Tel-Aviv is known to be a secular city, it also includes a mixed religious population with synagogues, communities and social organizations of every denomination. The Great Synagogue is one of Tel Aviv’s most important national and cultural assets. The Great Synagogue has been a part of Tel Aviv since the early days of the settlement and many leaders in Israeli history have visited it. It is truly an important part of Tel Aviv’s story.

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Any queries relating to registration or hotel reservation may be addressed via email to:

Diamondscongress2018@paragon-ice.com

For general details you may contact the Israel Diamond Exchange – judic@isde.co.il