National Jeweler reports that Diamdel, an independently managed rough diamond trading company within the De Beers Group, announced a partnership with the Diamond, Jewellery and Management Institute (DJMI), a joint initiative of the HRD Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the University of Antwerp Management School (UAMS).
“Diamdel’s engagement and resulting co-sponsorship of the institute represents an ideal synergy for us,” said Frank Auger, managing director of Diamdel NV, in a release. “It adequately reflects both our vision for helping to globally encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of the developing industry, and also our passion for playing an immediately tangible role in enhancing the sustainability of small businesses within centers such as Antwerp.”
Auger added that the partnership would allow Diamdel to provide its clients with access to DJMI education and training, calling it a key component to the growth of the secondary industry. Diamdel carried out a similar initiative with the Israeli Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA).
“The secondary industry has a huge hunger for knowledge development and with this fact in mind, we look forward to meeting and ideally exceeding our clients’ needs through this co-sponsorship arrangement with DJMI,” he said.
Diamdel’s involvement complements the institute’s mission to offer world-class education and technical skills to the industry, DJMI director of development and conceptual founder of the Institute Marcel Pruwer said in the statement. Diamdel’s presence in key cutting centers and in Southern Africa and China enables DJMI to channel its programs throughout the diamond pipeline, he added.