Call for Levy on Rough Diamond Sales to Fund Generic PromotionsOctober 16, 12
The call came on the second day of the congress, after a presentation by a former head of consumer marketing of De Beers India Vijay Ramchandran. In the panel discussion that followed, Sanjay Kothari, former Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said the key was to ensure there is a big enough financial war chest to carry out any promotion plans.
He suggested that the large mining companies pay a levy on all rough diamond sales they made. The levy was a fraction of a percent of the sale price. The GJEPC had imposed a levy on all polished diamond exports from
Fellow panelist Nirupa Bhatt, who previously managed
International Diamond Manufacturers Association (
Discussion moderator Chaim Evan-Zohar clarified to participants that levying a levy on rough did not mean that miners would be asking more for their rough. They would simply be the collection point for the industry to generate funds for its global promotion goals. Kothari called to turn words into actions by first drafting a compelling resolution.
The second day’s proceedings also witnessed another plan to generate consumer assurance. Suresh Hathiramani and Rami Baron, who head the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) Trade and Promotion Committee, unveiled the World Diamond Mark initiative.