Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, will welcome delegates from around the world to the 2017 CIBJO Congress, which will take place November 5-7, with pre-congress meetings starting on November 2. The main venue and hotel for the event is the Shangri-La Bangkok.
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. Congresses are 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 2017 are the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) and the Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand (GIT), both of which fall under the jurisdiction of the Thai Ministry of Commerce.
The CIBJO Congress 2017 will be held in conjunction with the World Ruby Forum, which will take place at the Shangri-La Bangkok on November 4.
Situated in the delta of Chao Phraya River, which winds its way through the city, Bangkok is a key South East Asian business and cultural hub, with more than 14 million people living in its greater metropolitan area. Known for its exotic palaces, temples and vibrant street life, Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist destinations, having been named the most visited city in MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, and the “World’s Best City” for four consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine. It is also a critically important global gemstone and jewellery centre, reporting about $10 billion worth of exports per annum, with close to 16,000 companies employing some 1.3 million individuals. The jewellery and gemstone sectors make up the Thailand’s third largest export industry.
Ministry of Commerce (Thailand)
Department of International Trade Promotion
(Ministry of Commerce, Thailand)
The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand