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Diamond Intelligence Briefing – Issue 880: The Belgian Carat Tax
Diamond Intelligence Briefing – Issue 880: The Belgian Carat Tax
In this issue: The Belgium government’s decision to implement a new tax regime for the diamond sector has far reaching social, legal and economic consequences. The government made a decision to create a productive legal and fiscal environment – which would give impetus to renewed growth of the count
Diamond Intelligence Briefing - Issue 879: USA 2016: Rough Diamond “Laundromat of Choice”...
Diamond Intelligence Briefing - Issue 879: USA 2016: Rough Diamond “Laundromat of Choice”...
In this issue: The U.S. is identified as the world’s most convenient and “uncontrolled” rough transfer market. The U.S. imported in 2003-2015 some 39,336,818 carats of rough and re-exported an amazingly identical amount of 39,276,076 carats. The main rationale is pure transfer pricing. Did the U.S.
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VIEWS
DIB 880: THE BELGIAN CARAT TAX: CAN NEW FISCAL REGIME TRIGGER INDUSTRY CLIMB TO PROSPERITY?DIB 880: THE BELGIAN CARAT TAX: CAN NEW FISCAL REGIME TRIGGER INDUSTRY CLIMB TO PROSPERITY?
In this issue: The Belgium government’s decision to implement a new tax regime for the diamond sector has far reaching social, legal and economic consequences. The government made a dec...
DIB 879: USA 2016: ROUGH DIAMOND “LAUNDROMAT OF CHOICE”; TIME FOR KP TO LIFT ITS PROTECTIVE SHIELDDIB 879: USA 2016: ROUGH DIAMOND “LAUNDROMAT OF CHOICE”; TIME FOR KP TO LIFT ITS PROTECTIVE SHIELD
In this issue: The U.S. is identified as the world’s most convenient and “uncontrolled” rough transfer market. The U.S. imported in 2003-2015 some 39,336,818 carats of rough and re-expo...
DIB 878: BOTSWANA FINANCING REVOLUTION: “U.S. GOV’T GUARANTEES LOANS TO DIAMOND MANUFACTURERS”DIB 878: BOTSWANA FINANCING REVOLUTION: “U.S. GOV’T GUARANTEES LOANS TO DIAMOND MANUFACTURERS”
In this issue: History was made this morning at a breakfast signing ceremony in Botswana. Barclays Bank Botswana signed a $125-million credit guaranty agreement with OPIC, through which...
DIB 875: SWAROVSKI JOINS THE MAN-MADE DIAMOND MARKETDIB 875: SWAROVSKI JOINS THE MAN-MADE DIAMOND MARKET
In this issue: Swarovski, the world’s leading producer of cut crystals, has quietly entered into the man-made gem diamond business with “Swarovski Created Diamonds”. DIB explores the po...
DIB 874: SPECIAL REPORT: GRAFT AND DIAMONDSDIB 874: SPECIAL REPORT: GRAFT AND DIAMONDS
Our report on police corruption in the Antwerp diamond sector which appeared in the previous issue of DIB, elicited enormous feedback. Many questions and observations were made. What ar...
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NEWS
ALROSA’S AUGUST ROUGH DIAMOND SALES RESULTS
Russian mining company Alrosa has announced its rough and polished diamond sales results for August 2016, reporting rough diamond sales of US$243 million, 58 percent higher than the pre...
EKATI PROCESS PLANT OPERATIONS RESUME; 186-CARAT DIAMOND SOLD FOR $2.8M
Dominion Diamond Corporation (Dominion) has announced the restart of the Ekati diamond mine’s process plant, which resumed full capacity operations on September 21st.
DE BEERS’ DIAMOND INSIGHT REPORT: DIAMOND JEWELRY DEMAND REMAINS STRONG
De Beers has published its 2016 Diamond Insight Report, providing an overview of the current diamond market and giving forecasts for future global supply, demand and consumer trends in ...
ALROSA PARTNERS WITH KGK DIAMONDS FOR MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN VLADIVOSTOK
Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with KGK Diamonds to develop cutting and polishing facilities in the new Eurasian Di...
PANGOLIN’S MOTLOUTSE DIAMOND PROJECT: NO KIMBERLITE INTERSECTED
Pangolin Diamonds Corp. (Pangolin) reports that no kimberlite was intersected from the targets drilled at its Motloutse Diamond Project in Botswana.
TRUE NORTH GEMS GREENLAND BANKRUPTCY UPDATE
Earlier this month, True North Gems Inc. announced that its operating subsidiary in Greenland (76 percent share), True North Gems Greenland A/S, had initiated voluntary bankruptcy proce...
WFDB’S ‘YOUNG DIAMANTAIRES’ HOLDS INAUGURAL MEETING
The inaugural meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses' (WFDB) Young Diamantaires group was held last week during the Jewellery and Gems Fair in Hong Kong.
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DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 880DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 880
In this issue: The Belgium government’s decision to implement a new tax regime for the diamond sector has far reaching social, legal and economic consequences. The government made a dec...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 879DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 879
In this issue: The U.S. is identified as the world’s most convenient and “uncontrolled” rough transfer market. The U.S. imported in 2003-2015 some 39,336,818 carats of rough and re-expo...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 878DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 878
In this issue: History was made this morning at a breakfast signing ceremony in Botswana. Barclays Bank Botswana signed a $125-million credit guaranty agreement with OPIC, through which...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 877DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 877
In this issue: The diamond industry faces a serious profitability problem, compelling manufacturers and traders to seek reductions in their operational costs and search for greater effi...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 875DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 875
In this issue: Swarovski, the world’s leading producer of cut crystals, has quietly entered into the man-made gem diamond business with “Swarovski Created Diamonds”. DIB explores the po...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 874DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 874
In this issue: Special Report: Graft and Diamonds - Our report on police corruption in the Antwerp diamond sector which appeared in the previous issue of DIB, elicited enormous feedback...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 873DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 873
In this issue: Many diamantaires in Antwerp have lost their trust in those whose sole task it is to police the diamond sector. One sensed that there were corrupt elements in the diamond...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 872DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 872
In this issue: The 2015 Diamond Industry Pipeline.
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TACY RESEARCH
TACY'S 2015 DIAMOND PIPELINE: 2015: PRODUCERS LOST LEVERAGE OVER CLIENTS – FOREVER…TACY'S 2015 DIAMOND PIPELINE: 2015: PRODUCERS LOST LEVERAGE OVER CLIENTS – FOREVER…
The 2015 Diamond Industry Pipeline.
TACY'S 2012 DIAMOND PIPELINE: A YEAR OF VOLATILITY, LOSSES AND UNCERTAINTIESTACY'S 2012 DIAMOND PIPELINE: A YEAR OF VOLATILITY, LOSSES AND UNCERTAINTIES
In DIB 753, Chaim Even-Zohar presents Tacy's 2012 Diamond Pipeline, which analyzes a year of volatility, losses and uncertainties. According to Even-Zohar, the market contraction and th...
TACY'S 2010 DIAMOND PIPELINE: YEAR OF REPLENISHMENT, SPECULATION AND RECYCLINGTACY'S 2010 DIAMOND PIPELINE: YEAR OF REPLENISHMENT, SPECULATION AND RECYCLING
In DIB 654 Chaim Even-Zohar presents the 2010 diamond pipeline and analyzes the factors shaping last year’s growth and recovery. Read about what impacted each level of the pipeline in 2...
TACY'S 2011 DIAMOND PIPELINE: CHASING PAPER PROFITS; RECYCLED DIAMONDS INTEGRAL PART OF SUPPLY CHAIN
In DIB 700, Chaim Even-Zohar presents Tacy's 2011 Diamond Pipeline.
TACY LTD.'S 2009 DIAMOND PIPELINE - YEAR OF PIPELINE DESTOCKING AND RESTRUCTURINGTACY LTD.'S 2009 DIAMOND PIPELINE - YEAR OF PIPELINE DESTOCKING AND RESTRUCTURING
DIB 602 includes Tacy's annual Diamond Pipeline and explains why 2009 was an "aberration" for the industry. Chaim Even-Zohar's analysis shows how and where the economic crisis most impa...
TACY'S ESTIMATES OF 2009 GLOBAL NATURAL DIAMOND PRODUCTION
The 2009 pipeline reflects the most severe single-year contraction of the diamond pipeline since World War II as a result of the economic crisis and the resultant liquidity shortages. ...
2008 DIAMOND PIPELINE: FROM MARKET BUOYANCY TO GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS, DEFLATION AND RECESSION2008 DIAMOND PIPELINE: FROM MARKET BUOYANCY TO GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS, DEFLATION AND RECESSION
The 2008 diamond pipeline reflects the coalescence of two dramatically different periods within a single year: nine months of buoyancy marked by sharply rising rough diamond prices and ...
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RESOURCE LIBRARY
Kimberley Process Mid-Term Report - UAE KP Chair 2016Kimberley Process Mid-Term Report - UAE KP Chair 2016
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), Ahmed Bin Sulayem has published a comprehensive mid-term report on the activities and progress so far achieved by the...
ALL 13 UAE EXPERT REPORTS
The 13 Expert Reports prepared for the UAE court by court-appointed experts.
ALROSA PUBLISHES GUIDELINES ON RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PRACTICESALROSA PUBLISHES GUIDELINES ON RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PRACTICES
Alrosa's executive committee recently adopted the Alrosa Alliance Guidelines, which forms an integral part of the Alrosa Alliance Logo license agreement and calls on its long-term rough...
PEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT ON MILLENIALS: A PORTRAIT OF GENERATION NEXTPEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT ON MILLENIALS: A PORTRAIT OF GENERATION NEXT
The Pew Research Center report, which is discussed in Chaim Even-Zohar's editorial in DIB 788 about a growing trend among Millenial consumers toward purchasing synthetic diamonds, desri...
ALROSA RELEASES RESULTS FOR FY 2012ALROSA RELEASES RESULTS FOR FY 2012
Alrosa releases its investor presentation for the FY 2012, which includes the year's production and financial highights.
OECD DUE DILIGENCE GUIDANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAINS OF MINERALS FROM CONFLICT-AFFECTED AND HIGH-RISK AREASOECD DUE DILIGENCE GUIDANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAINS OF MINERALS FROM CONFLICT-AFFECTED AND HIGH-RISK AREAS
The handbook aims to promote a collaborative government-backed, multi-stakeholder approach to responsible supply chain management of minerals from conflict-affacted areas.
DIAMOND SOURCE WARRANTY PROTOCOL
The new Diamond Source Warranty Protocol, launched by the Jewelers of America (JA), the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA), the Jewelers Vigilance Committe...
RJC COMMENTS ON FINAL RULE FOR DODD-FRANK SECTION 1502
The release by the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the final rule implementing Section 1502 on Conflict Minerals in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protectio...
DIAVIK MINE ISSUES 2012 MID-YEAR SOCIO-ECONOMIC REPORT
Rio Tinto's wholly owned Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., operator of the Diavik diamond mine in Canada's Northwest Territories, has released its 2012 mid-year socio-economic monitoring repor...
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LEGAL
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE'S MOTION TO DISMISS LKI'S RICO COMPLAINT AGAINST ADB SEPEMBER 5, 2012U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE'S MOTION TO DISMISS LKI'S RICO COMPLAINT AGAINST ADB SEPEMBER 5, 2012
Attached is the reasoning of U.S. Disctirct Judge Andrew Carter's motion on September 5, 2012, to dismiss the RICO suit brought by LKI against ADB.
U.S. SENATE REPORT ON 'U.S. VULNERABILITIES TO MONEY LAUNDERING, DRUGS, AND TERRORIST FINANCING: HSBC CASE HISTORY'U.S. SENATE REPORT ON 'U.S. VULNERABILITIES TO MONEY LAUNDERING, DRUGS, AND TERRORIST FINANCING: HSBC CASE HISTORY'
A report by the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations titled U.S. Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History.
MICHELLE FAIRHURST'S ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION AGAINST ANGLO AMERICAN AND DE BEERS (AND OTHERS)
In 2007, Michelle Fairhurst of Squamish, British Columbia, filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against Anglo American, De Beers and others alleging that the defendants were engaged ...
LKI VERSUS ANTWERP DIAMOND BANK AND KBC - FULL TEXT OF COMPLAINT
Available for download is the full text of the Lazare Kaplan International complaint against the Antwerp Diamond Bank and KBC.
U.S. APPEALS COURT TO RE-HEAR DE BEERS US$295 MILLION SETTLEMENT CASE
A U.S. appeals court has ordered a re-hearing of the De Beers antitrust settlement case following the filing of an amicus brief by the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of A...
FATF'S INTERPRETIVE NOTE TO SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION IX
To greater understand the objectives and definition of Special Recommendation IX, which the Israeli Tax Authority and the Israeli Diamond Controller of the Ministry of Industry, Trade a...
FATF IX SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONSFATF IX SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Recognising the vital importance of taking action to combat the financing of terrorism, the FATF has agreed these Special IX Recommendations, which, when combined with the FATF Forty Re...
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FINANCE
BANK OF BOTSWANA TO LEAVE BANK RATE UNCHANGED AT 10%BANK OF BOTSWANA TO LEAVE BANK RATE UNCHANGED AT 10%
The Bank of Botswana Monetary Policy Committee has decided to leave the bank rate unchanged at 10 percent for the fourth consecutive time. To read the decision in full, click on the ico...
ALROSA INFORMATION MEMORANDUM
The attached Information Memorandum, dated December 2007, contains information provided by ALROSA Finance S.A. and ALROSA Company Limited in connection with a euro-commercial paper pro...
DIAMANTAIRES THOUGHT TO BE AMONG UBS CLIENTS SUSPECTED OF TAX EVASIONDIAMANTAIRES THOUGHT TO BE AMONG UBS CLIENTS SUSPECTED OF TAX EVASION
Switzerland's UBS bank has entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the United States Department of Justice and a Consent Order with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SE...
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PICTURES
INDIAN DIAMOND INDUSTRY HONORS CHAIM EVEN-ZOHAR FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND INDUSTRYINDIAN DIAMOND INDUSTRY HONORS CHAIM EVEN-ZOHAR FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND INDUSTRY
Industry analyst Chaim Even-Zohar being awarded by the Indian industry for his lifetime contributions to the international diamond industry. From Left to Right: Former chairman of the ...
HARRY OPPENHEIMER AND SIR SERETSE KHAMA AT A MEETING IN GABORONEHARRY OPPENHEIMER AND SIR SERETSE KHAMA AT A MEETING IN GABORONE
This photo shows Harry Oppenheimer and Sir Seretse Khama at a meeting in Gaborone in 1968 to discuss the diamond mining project at Orapa
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