Antwerp and diamonds are inseparable. Antwerp has been the capital of the world diamond trade for more than five centuries and is widely recognized as the leader in the industry today, in more ways than one. AWDC’s mission is to ensure Antwerp remains at the forefront of the global diamond industry, to foster awareness of Antwerp’s unparalleled contributions to local and international trade and to inspire current and future generations to embrace the beauty and value of our product. We want everyone to recognize that diamonds are a fundamental part of Antwerp’s DNA.
To give you an idea of what it means to be the leader in the diamond industry, and what this means for Belgium, consider a few facts: AWDC promotes the interests of more than 1,600 individual companies representing 6,600 direct and 26,000 indirect jobs in Belgium; Antwerp’s diamond imports and exports provide a significant boost to the Belgian economy, representing 15% of all Belgian exports outside the EU and 5% of total exports; more than 70 nationalities work together in Antwerp every day in the most international diamond trade center in the world. On a broader scale, the diamond trade provides employment and ensures a better livelihood for millions of individuals on all five continents.
AWDC takes great pride in representing the world’s leading diamond trade center, where transparency, integrity and quality are part of our heritage, where craftsmanship is a passion and where tradition does not stand in the way of innovation. We are committed to facilitating a favorable business environment while ensuring strict implementation of best practices. “Diamonds and Antwerp, it’s in our DnA!” A thriving trade center with a firm belief in integrity and a commitment to sustainability. This is who we are and what we stand for.
We developed this interactive website to provide registered Antwerp diamond companies with the most efficient possible access to the full range of services and information we provide. It is designed to serve as the gateway to the Antwerp diamond industry and to give you the tools you need run a successful business. I invite you to browse through our website to find out more.
CEO, Antwerp World Diamond Centre