extend registration for 35th World Diamond Congress
be held October 14-17, 2012, at the prestigious Taj Land's End, Mumbai,
Antwerp, Belgium -- September 5, 2012:
The organizers of the 35th World Diamond Congress (WDC)
announced they have extended the date for general registration to the event until the end
of the month of September, this is response to numerous requests.
In a message on the 35th WDC website the organizers said that in response "to requests
received from many delegates wishing to attend the Congress, who have not been
able to register for various reasons, the Congress Organising Committee has
decided to extend the date for general registration fees of $ 750 (accompanying
person $ 500) till September 30th. The late fee of an additional $100 will be
applicable from October 1st to October 7th, and registration will now close on
October 7th, 6 p.m. India Standard Time)"
IDMA Secretary General Ronnie VanderLinden thanked the
organizing hosts, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and
the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), for taking this considerate step. "As the
diamond business communities in Belgium, Israel and elsewhere came back from
their summer leave only toward the end of August, many delegates had not yet
been able to register and make their travel arrangements. At the same time, we
are urging ALL delegates and participants to the 35th World Diamond Congress to
register and book their rooms as soon as possible,"
IDMA was founded and
convened for the first time in 1946, in Antwerp. It is committed to fostering
and promoting the highest ideals of honesty and best practice principles
throughout the global diamond industry, as well as full compliance with all
relevant national and international laws. The organization has developed and
adopted a Code of Conduct, which is binding on all 15 member associations. IDMA
also works to encourage fair and honorable practices and decent working
conditions for industry employees; and to preserve, protect and promote consumer
trust and confidence in diamonds. It encourages and supports social
responsibility by the industry in respect to all citizens of the world.
The Association has played an active role in establishing the
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is a co-founder of the World Diamond