Rapaport Breakfast & Fair Trade Jewelry Conference

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RAPAPORT… April 28, 2009, Las Vegas – The annual Rapaport Breakfast and Fair Trade Jewelry Conference will be held Monday, June 1, 2009 at the JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show. Registration is free and open to all.

Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, will present his keynote address, “State of the Diamond Industry,” at the breakfast. His talk will focus on how members of the jewelry trade can prosper in spite of the global economic crisis. “The only way to beat this recession is to outthink it. We must develop strategies and proactive measures that will empower the jewelry trade and enable us to meet the challenges and opportunities before us. Now more than ever, developing the right strategy is the key to your future,” said Martin Rapaport.

The annual Rapaport Fair Trade Jewelry Conference presents an opportunity for members of the jewelry trade, development nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and government agencies to participate in open discussions and learn how they can participate in the development of fair trade jewelry. Fair trade jewelry offers an unprecedented opportunity for the jewelry industry to play a vital role in the sustainable economic development of impoverished and disadvantaged sectors of the jewelry trade. We can and must make a difference in the lives of millions of artisanal diggers who mine our precious metals and gems, yet live in abject poverty.

The Rapaport Breakfast and Fair Trade Jewelry Conferences Schedule

Monday, June 1, 2009 — Venetian Hotel — Level 3 — San Polo Ballroom

Rapaport Breakfast: 8:00 – 10:00am — Martin Rapaport Keynote Address

Fair Trade Jewelry Conference  1:00 – 4:30pm — Panelists and Open Discussion

To register: email conference@rapaport.com or telephone 702.893.9400. Participants are advised to reserve space for the Rapaport Breakfast as it fills up early.

For additional information:
Sherri Hendricks              sherri@rapaport.com                     702.893.9400
Lauren Friedman              lauren@rapaport.com                    347.756.4273

Rapaport Booths at the JCK Show:  3080-upstairs, 46007-downstairs

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of free, fair and competitive global diamond markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report is the primary source of diamond prices and market information. Group activities include publishing, research and marketing services, internet information and diamond trading networks, global rough and polished diamond tenders, diamond certification, quality-control, compliance, shipping, and financial services. Major activities of the group include the development of markets for Fair Trade Diamonds and Jewelry as well as the creation of diamond futures markets.

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