ICA opens head office in Hong Kong
HONG KONG, July 10, 2012 – The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has moved its international headquarters to Hong Kong from New York, with the new offices opening in July.
The offices are located in Hong Kong’s gems and jewelry manufacturing district. The offices are run by a team of English and Chinese speaking staff, led by Daniel Leung, Executive Assistant to the President.
The ICA, which is still maintaining a presence in a new location in New York, says the decision to move its head office is aimed at bringing the organization into closer touch with the rapidly expanding Asian markets, and to actively participate in the further development of the colored gemstones and jewelry industry in the region.
In addition, the ICA is seeing an expansion in its membership in Asia, and the Hong Kong offices will enable it to better serve them, said ICA President Wilson Yuen.
“This was not a decision that we made easily, and it followed a great deal of debate,” Wilson said.
“After all, our international offices have been based in New York for many years. But we felt that we could not ignore the trends that are sweeping our industry, and the global economy in general,” he said.
“Asia in general, and China in particular, is claiming a larger role in international business, and it is imperative that we are based in the heart of the region to enable us to provide a comprehensive service to our membership and to the industry.”