CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced the postponement of its annual congress, which was due to take place in Dubai from 5 October to 7 October 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers announced the congress will be rescheduled in 2021 and the decision was made during a video conference of the CIBJO board of directors, following consultation with the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC), which was to have hosted the event.
President Gaetano Cavalieri said: “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.
“Our primary concern is ensuring the health and safety of all participants, and, although none of us has a crystal ball with which to predict how things will be five months from now, this is not a decision that can be taken at the last moment.”
He added: “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 once again in 2021.”