The 39th World Diamond Congress will take place 14-15 September in a virtual format, instead of in Hong Kong in November as was originally slated.
The biennial event, which sees the meeting of The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), announced it had made the change due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both parties stressed that they were hopeful attendance at the virtual congress would be high, especially since the online format would enable convenient participation from delegates’ offices and homes.
WFDB acting president, Yoram Dvash, said: “Although we have all become used to conducting meetings and webinars online, this will be the first time that we will be holding an entire congress in this format. This will be an especially important meeting at a time when the global diamond industry is in crisis due to the pandemic. This congress will enable us to discuss all of the critical issues affecting our industry and to hear from the members of the diamond trade worldwide.”
IDMA president, Ronnie VanderLinden, added: “The coronavirus crisis has only heightened the fundamental challenges our industry faces. Now it is even more important to gather as an industry and to work together to seek new paths forward.”
The WFDB has been active during the pandemic. Read below about its acting president’s open letter regarding pricing transparency in the industry: