Panama to open up Latin American diamond market

Panama is building Latin America's first diamond exchange expected to be recognized by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"Latin America is the last frontier," said Erez Akerman, who heads the Panama Diamond Exchange, the group behind the project. "We are looking at four main markets: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile," he told Reuters in the exchange's temporary offices in one of Panama City's upscale districts.
The $200-million project, due to be up and running by 2010, will include a purpose-built 50-story building in Panama City with safes, a gemmological institute, laboratories, polishing and cutting facilities and a trading hall.

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