The WFDB’s 40th World Diamond Congress in Israel is just a month away, on March 28 – 30, 2023, and I am eagerly looking forward to greeting you all here. As you will recall, the 39th Congress was held virtually at the height of the pandemic, so this physical Congress is even more meaningful. We have prepared an exceptionally interesting roster of speakers, representing all segments of the diamond pipeline. Registration has been very lively, and we are expecting a great turnout.
Unfortunately, this Congress will not be held in conjunction with IDMA as in the past. We were very interested in cooperation with IDMA for this Congress, but there are times in which organizations pursue individual agendas over the greater good of the industry, and they chose at this time to hold their meeting alone. We wish them a very successful meeting and hope that in the future there will be full cooperation between our organizations.
We thank Boaz Moldawsky, President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), for hosting us and making this Congress happen. Beside organizing our meetings down to the smallest detail, they have prepared some exciting surprises. If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible by pressing on this link. https://www.diamondweekisrael.com/
IDE’s Israel Diamond Week will also present for the first time a professional conference on March 27, which will include top diamond and financial leaders and other important personalities. They are also holding an exciting International Exhibition on the IDE’s huge trading floor, with 150 exhibitors from Israel and the world and hundreds of buyers from 30 countries.
Another major event in the coming month is the much-awaited return of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond and Gem Show, which together with the International Jewellery Show, will be held on March 1 – 5, 2023. The first show since the end of the pandemic lockdowns, it is certain to attract a huge amount of visitors from all over the world. Organizers are expecting at the two shows 2300 exhibitors and close to 10,000 buyers from 70 countries.
The World Diamond Congress and the Hong Kong show signal a return to normality in the diamond world. Much has changed in the three years since the start of the pandemic, but as we all know, nothing can replace good old in-person contact.
I hope to personally greet you all soon.