DES president Suresh Hathiramani said his bourse's interest in hosting a WFDB congress was, among other things, to increase Singapore's profile.
"While our exchange's membership is small compared to that of other bourses, our role as a diamond distribution hub is important in this part of Asia.
Our members serve those markets that are beyond the horizon of most other bourses.
As such, we are the face of the diamond trade," Hathiramani
pointed out that the majority of the DES
members are holders of the WFDB Mark and that they used the WFDB Mark of Excellence proactively in their business dealings and marketing campaigns.