The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) have announced that the next World Diamond Congress will be held in a virtual format on September 14 and 15.
The thirty-ninth World Diamond Congress, a biennial gathering of the WFDB and IDMA, was originally planned to be held in Hong Kong, in November, but has been moved to a digital format owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This will be the first time an entire congress will be held in this format, the parties say.
“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,” IDMA president Ronnie VanderLinden says.
The organisations are hopeful that attendance at the virtual congress will be high, especially since the online format will enable convenient participation from delegates’ offices and homes.