Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, will welcome delegates from around the world to the 2016 CIBJO Congress, which will take place October 26-28, with pre-congress meetings starting on October 24. The main venue for the event is the Meridian Expo Center and congress hotel is the Armenia Marriott.
CIBJO Congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates, and also are the venue for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs, precious metals and coral, known as the Blue Books. The CIBJO Congress is also where the programme of World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF) and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations is reported upon.
Hosting the CIBJO Congress 2016 is the Armenian Jewellers Association (AJA).
With a history dating back to the 8th century, Yerevan is the one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Located on the banks of the Hrazdan River, it has served as the capital of Armenia since 1918, and is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country, with just over 35 percent of its population.