ICA Extends 2009 Congress Dates

  • Schedule of Events in China Call For Six-Day Format
  • ICA expecting largest number of attendees to date


New York, July 14, 2008 – The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) announced the decision to extend the 2009 ICA Congress in China to a six-day format due to the extensive agenda in Panyu, Guangzhou - China’s largest jewelry manufacturing area. Traditionally, ICA Congresses have adhered to a five-day format, which has been the case since 1985 when the first Congress was held in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. The 2009 ICA Congress is expected to draw the largest number of attendees to date.


The Congress agenda will be extended to include another day, with official dates from May 5-10, 2009. This includes 4 days of sessions with speakers from around the world, excursions, registration days and golf and tennis tournaments.


ICA president Andrew Cody said in a statement, “In setting the agenda for the ICA Congress in Panyu, we discovered that the number of speakers, discussion sessions and activities could not be scheduled into our usual five-day format.”


ICA Congress Chairman Edward Boehm remarked that, “Excitement is already building as we set the agenda for bringing the world of gemstones to China. It was a unanimous decision between our Congress Committee and our sponsors to extend the Congress to six days to accommodate the speaking sessions, excursions and scheduled activities.”


Sponsors for the ICA Congress 2009 are the National Gemstone Testing Center (NGTC) in Beijing, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Panyu Branch and Woldmart Jewelry & Gems Emporium (HK) Ltd