Friday, April 01, 2016

How Brussels airport attack has impacted Indian diamond traders in Antwerp

Inside the nearly 400 offices of Indian diamond traders in Antwerp, business got back on its feet just a day after the terror attack on Brussels airport. Though not hit by the aftermath, an atmosphere of apprehension prevails in the community.

While no specific guidelines have been issued by the local police, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council spokesperson of India said access to the district has been restricted following the high alert imposed by authorities. "There are no indications of a direct threat towards the Antwerp diamond industry," the spokesperson said.

Arpan Jhaveri , an Antwerp-based diamond trader, said that the immediate impact of the attack has been the closure of the airport, which remained shut till late Thursday. Security at the diamond market, which is 40 km away from Antwerp city, had been tightened earlier itself, since the Paris terror attack last November. "We are not scared but we are watchful," says Jhaveri, who was in Switzerland during the attack.
01/04/16 Rashmi Menon/The Economic Times
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