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    Central banks expect official sector demand to rise in the next year despite high gold prices

    More than four in five respondents to a central bank survey have indicated that they expect reserve managers will continue to increase their gold holdings in the next 12 months, according to new data released by the World Gold Council today. This is the highest ever recorded since the annual survey began.

    Central banks commit to supporting responsible artisanal and small-scale gold mining through domestic purchase programmes

    The World Gold Council (WGC) announced today that four central banks have committed to signing ‘The London Principles.’ This is a set of operating principles to help structure and formalise Central Bank Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Domestic Purchase Programmes (ASGM DPP). 

    Global gold demand stays strong, supporting record-high prices

    Central banks continued to buy gold at pace in a quarter that saw the gold price reach a series of record highs. Bar and coin investment was firmer, offsetting continued outflows from ETFs. Inclusive of sizable OTC buying by investors, total gold demand increased 3% y/y to 1,238t – the strongest first quarter since 2016.

    World Gold Council (WGC) and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announce joint gold industry programme

    The World Gold Council (WGC) formally announces the opening of its new office in Dubai, and regional headquarters for the Middle East.

    Geopolitical and economic uncertainty bolster gold demand and prices in 2023

    The World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends report reveals that annual gold demand (excluding OTC) fell to 4,448t in 2023, down just 5% from a notably strong 2022. When factoring in demand from the OTC markets and other sources, total demand climbed to a new annual record at 4,899t.