Antwerp World Diamond Centre
October 24, 2011, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Industrial Commercial Bank of China signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement in Beijing’s Great Hall, starting their cooperation in the field of diamond financing. Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe and ICBC Chairman Jiang Jianqing both witnessed the signing ceremony.
According to the agreement, ICBC will provide AWDC with professional first-
The AWDC will assist ICBC in entering the field of diamond financing and assist
its Brussels Branch to obtain the required location, the necessary professional technology,
people, equipment and information to support the launch of ICBC’s diamond financing
activities. ICBC’s important global range of clients will be provided with high-
After the signing ceremony, Belgian Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde personally
inaugurated the Antwerp Diamond Roadshow, launching a 10-
During the 10 days, 15 Antwerp diamond enterprises will visit Beijing, Taiyuan, Jinan,
Hangzhou and Guangzhou. They will exhibit high-
The city of Antwerp is the world’s capital of diamonds. It has the most renowned diamond manufacturing technology and is the main hub for natural diamonds in the world. According to statistics, out of every 10 rough diamonds, eight are sent to Antwerp for further manufacturing, and 80 percent of global diamond trading is conducted in Antwerp.
Over the past few years, the Antwerp diamond industry has played an increasingly
important role in the Chinese-
AWDC is the largest diamond organization in the world, representing 1,800 excellent diamond company members. The Belgian diamond industry reports an annual turnover of $45 billion.
Globally, ICBC is the commercial bank with the highest market capitalization value,
highest revenue and highest clients’ saving value. Cooperation of the two strong
partners to jointly extend diamond financing business will not only bring excellent
services to people and companies in China and Belgium, but it also will have an important
facilitating role to further deepen the Chinese-