CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced that its annual congress, which this year was scheduled to take place in Dubai, UAE, from October 5 to 7, will be postponed to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to postpone the congress was taken during a video conference of the CIBJO Board of Directors, following consultation with the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC), which was due to host the event.
“This is the first time that we have had to postpone a CIBJO Congress, but under the circumstances it was definitely the most prudent action to take,” said CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri.
“Our primary concern is ensuring the health and safety of all participants, and, although none of us has a crystal ball, this is not a decision that can be taken at the last moment.
Much of our operation is now taking place online, including the work of our various commissions and committees, and this will continue at full pace. A congress, however, is an event at which we should meet face to face to face, and that hopefully will be possible in 2021.”
Dr. Cavalieri thanked the DMCC for its support and understanding.
“The DMCC management has been tremendous throughout this period, and we greatly appreciate having been able to come to a mutual decision,” he said.
“They have generously renewed their invitation to host the congress in 2021, and we look forward to being able to gather in Dubai then, just as we intended to do this October.”