CIBJO postpones annual conference amid coronavirus pandemic

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. 

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“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.”

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