March 2, 2009
Istanbul, Turkey, will play host to CIBJO’S 2009 Congress.
Held from May 3 to 5 and hosted by the Turkey Jewelry Association, the event will look at strategies to combat the impact of the global economic downturn, as well as issues of corporate social responsibility.
Organizers say Turkey is the perfect locale for the event, which brings together the group’s general assembly. The gathering is being held at the Ã‡ira?an Palace Kempinski, along the banks of the Bosphorus strait.
“The issues we will be discussing are of critical importance to our industry, which currently is searching for solutions to sustain itself during the downturn so that it is positioned to emerge strongly when the markets begin to recover,” said CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri.
“The fact Turkey is hosting the event is very significant. Like no other market, the country represents a blend of East and West, and it has helped unlock the fast-developing markets in the republics of the former Soviet Union, as well as in the Middle East. Turkey also represents a strong jewellery market in its own right, and it is an economical jewellery design and manufacturing centre within just a few hours flying time from Western Europe. It is exactly the type of the centre that we need to look to in difficult times such as these,” Cavalieri said.
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