By Staff writer
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre chairman said it “strongly supports Zimbabwe’s diamond industry”
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) executive chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem on Wednesday welcomed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to the Dubai Diamond Exchange at its premises in Almas Tower in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers.
Zimbabwe and Dubai have very strong trade relations going back to the discovery of diamonds in the Marange fields and the African republic is the fourth largest diamond-producing nation in the world, DMCC said in a press release.
Robert Mugabe said: “It is encouraging to see how Dubai has developed tailor-made strategies to an industry which was new to them only twelve years ago. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and conviction in which policies have been pursued and businesses successfully attracted. We are happy to be part of this success story and look forward to continue a mutual beneficial relationship with Dubai in the future exploration and exploitation of our diamond business.”
Bin Sulayem added: “DMCC strongly supports Zimbabwe’s diamond industry for the future. At the Dubai Diamond Exchange we offer a platform which serves as a bridge between producing and consuming nations. Having personally witnessed the energy and ambitious mentality of the nation during the inaugural Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012, I am particularly ecstatic with His Excellency Cde. Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe’s visit to the DDE as a support for our common ideals to improve the status of the world diamond industry.”
Also present at the meeting were Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the GCC, Hon. Mark Grey Marongwe and Peter Meeus, chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange.
A great example of matter of mind.
Litte dissapointed to entertain a dictator of this magnitude!
Why would Dubai want to be associated with a dictator who has bled his country dry both actually and figuratively? Does his money mean we look the other way while he slaughters his people and steals their cash?
err.. is this a good thing?? to be proud of??
Do you have any idea what blood diamonds actually are, Mr Bin Sulayem? Or is the money just too good to turn down?
Dubai is too Great a City and a place in the world to even entertain person like Mugabe on their soil.
Anything for the DO..$
DISGUSTING!! how on earth can DMCC have the sense or lack of it to entertain this monster. Disgusting...i really hope Mr Sulayem has a long hard think about this. What is his message to the thousands of people Mugabe has murdered?It is hard luck, I want to grow DMCC...Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting...I hope the international community now boycotts ever working with Bin Sulayem or DMCC
why would anyone wish to have this splashed in the news? incredible!!
what next for DMCC and Bin Sulayem? Saddam Husseins' family for BBQ? Kim Il Jong for breakfast? What about Serbian war criminals, some of them are still around. Or the guys behind genocide in Ruwanda who are at large. They would be great for afternoon tea.
Hollywood likes to sensationalize stories. (Blood diamonds, etc)
Diamond is important source of revenue for that country, and putting it under sanctions will only deprive its citizens of life;s needs and put them in more hardship.
How can human rights be improved with sanctions is beyond my understanding.
But west always likes the idea of collective punishment in their efforts for regime change. And not that they do based on ideals. Or why else they have normal relationships with most other autoracts?