MARTIN RAPAPORT TO BE FEATURED SPEAKER AT IDWI 2020
Following on the success of last year’s format, the next International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI) will again feature a talk by Martin Rapaport, publisher of Rapaport Magazine and the Rapaport Diamond Report. Rapaport’s talk in 2019 attracted an overflowing audience and was very well received.
Similar to last year’s format, IDWI 2020 (February 10-12) will feature talks by major industry figures who will address issues of utmost interest to diamond professionals. The talks will be held on the floor of the exhibition at the end of the trading day.
Rapaport’s talk, titled “Israel’s Diamond Trade – Turning Challenges into Opportunities”, will address the primary forces disrupting the global diamond industry and their impact on the Israeli diamond trade. Within this reality, he will pinpoint the opportunities for Israel’s diamond trade to add value and ensure a sustainable future.
Martin Rapaport was born in the United States and now resides in Jerusalem, Israel. He began his diamond industry career in 1975 as an apprentice diamond cleaver in Antwerp. In 1978 he established the Rapaport Diamond Report, a leading source of diamond price and market information. In 1996 he founded the RapNet electronic diamond trading network. Rapaport is well known as an advocate for fair trade and development in diamonds, and invests major efforts in improving the lives of artisanal diamond miners in Africa.
IDWI is a boutique show geared exclusively for diamond buyers. It offers minimal participation costs and three nights of complimentary accommodations for eligible buyers. Taking place on the immense trading floor of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), IDWI is like a supermarket of polished diamonds, with hundreds of Israeli exhibitors offering huge amounts and varieties of goods. IDWI employs the latest technologies to enable buyers to navigate the exhibition and to locate the exact goods they seek. As in previous years hundreds of buyers from around the world are expected to attend the event.
IDWI Chairman Ezra Boaron said, “IDWI provides buyers with the ultimate conditions for doing business, with maximum ease and minimum costs. The talk by Martin Rapaport, a respected industry expert, will certainly add value for participants. We will announce additional speakers and events in the coming weeks.”