AWDC Re-elects Stéphane Fis­chler As Pres­i­dent

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On June 14 and 15, mem­bers of the An­twerp di­a­mond in­dus­try elected the new board mem­bers for the An­twerp World Di­a­mond Cen­tre (AWDC) board of di­rec­tors rep­re­sent­ing the trade. Dur­ing the first meet­ing of AWDC’s new board of di­rec­tors on June 27, mem­bers re-elected Stéphane Fis­chler as pres­i­dent of the AWDC. The board of di­rec­tors also ap­pointed Nishit Parikh as vice pres­i­dent.

AWDC’s CEO Ari Ep­stein, “I sin­cerely con­grat­u­late Stéphane Fis­chler and Nishit Parikh on their election as AWDC pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent. Over the past years, they both have proven to be of great value to our board of di­rec­tors. As CEO of our or­gan­i­sa­tion, I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the ex­cel­lent co­op­er­a­tion with both Fis­chler and Parikh in our board of di­rec­tors.”

In to­tal, four new board mem­bers were elected, while two cur­rent mem­bers Samir Mehta and Jac­ques Weisz were re-elected. In ad­di­tion, Vimal Lakhani, Nishit Parikh, Am­rat­lal Chetanku­mar Shah and Ra­jiv Kothari were elected. The four newly elected board mem­bers will re­place for­mer mem­bers Kaushik Mehta, Ramesh Pa­tel, Santosh Ku­mar Agar­wal (Ke­dia) and Shailesh Javeri. The Thai Gem and Jew­elry Traders As­so­ci­a­tion (TGJTA) re­cently an­nounced that the in­au­gu­ral Thai­land Gems & Jew­elry Fair sched­uled to be held from Septem­ber 7th – 11th, 2016 has been post­poned to 2017 due to cer­tain un­for­tu­nate dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Due to a dis­pute that had risen re­gard­ing the event venue, the TGJTA is un­able to se­cure the nec­es­sary space to or­ga­nize the fair dur­ing the stated time­frame. We had hoped to re­solve the is­sue by now but un­for­tu­nately, de­spite our full ef­forts we re­gret­fully were un­able to within the nec­es­sary time­frame, de­spite our full readi­ness and prepa­ra­tions,” stated the press re­lease.

The TGJTA is now shift­ing its fo­cus to be­gin plan­ning and se­cur­ing an­other ex­hi­bi­tion venue to or­gan­ise the Thai­land Gems & Jew­elry Fair in 2017 in­stead.

“We are highly con­fi­dent that this move will en­able us to en­sure greater ben­e­fits and a much bet­ter fair for our mem­ber­ship and the Thai gem and jew­elry in­dus­try. We will pro­vide up­date on this progress as soon as pos­si­ble. We ex­press our sin­cere thanks to all par­ties who have pro­vided us with very gen­er­ous sup­port,” said Sut­tipong Dam­rongsakul, pres­i­dent of the TGJTA.

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