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Diamonds for Change, Leaving No One Behind is the message at Facets 2023

The second edition of the Facets 2023 Conference kick-started in Gaborone, Botswana on the 24th of October 2023.

The two-day Conference was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi Keabetswe Masisi. The President of the European Council, His Excellency Mr. Charles Michel also delivered a virtual address.

The Conference was initiated by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) in 2022, to provide a platform for inclusive dialogue between industry players from across the value chain to address challenges and opportunities set to drive the industry in the future.

This year, the Conference will address topics such as how we can increase knowledge sharing and capacity building, improve transparency and traceability and strengthen future-proof diamond economies, providing testimony on past achievements and sharing insights on our ambitions for the future along the way. Diamonds For Change also relates to how our industry enables change through innovation in various other domains, such as combatting climate change, empowering women and local entrepreneurship, and increasing diversity.

In addition to the co-host of the Conference, Ministers of Mining from other diamond-producing countries also participated in the Conference.

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