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ICA Congress 2001 to Address Modern Marketing Methods
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has started preparing for its next Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia from April 29 to May 4, 2001.
The theme of the 2001 Congress in Australia will be the role of the ICA in advancing the use and appreciation of colored gemstones worldwide.
Members of the ICA are excited about the prospect of holding a Congress in this unique country which is the source of many well known and sought after colored gemstones. Australia is especially famous for its opals, sapphires and pearls. It is also home to the world’s highest yielding diamond mine, which also produces some of the world’s finest colored diamonds.
ICA is inviting eminent industry leaders to make special presentations on the spectacular mining resources of Australia. Participants of the Congress will receive on in-depth oversight of the mining and marketing of colored gemstones and pearls from Australia, with representatives of the industry sharing their expertise and experience.

Many Workshops:   

To fulfill its mission to promote colored gemstones worldwide. ICA is arranging for workshops and panel discussions at its Congress to cover subjects such as :

· The direction of the colored gemstone industry and
prospects for the future
· Problems encountered by members of the trade in the modern day world of fast-paced marketing, supply and demand
· The increasing need to educate and inform the consumer
· How to instill confidence in our products – resulting in increased sales.

Modern Marketing Methods:

One of the important subjects to be covered at the Congress is modern marketing methods. The advent of the age of technology is creating previously unimagined opportunities and avenues of communication. Speakers and panelists will share their experience in this field and how it will affect business in future. Discussion groups will give participants the opportunity to voice their opinions on a variety of subjects involving the trade.
The venue of the ICA Congress in 2001 will be Sydney’s new, state-of-the-art Convention and Exhibition Centre, “Star City”, located on the beautiful Darling Harobur. The Centre is within walking distance from Australia’s famous landmark, the Sydney Opera House.

Side Attractions:  

In addition to the official Congress program, participants will not want to miss the opportunity to take part in the exciting excursions which are being planned – including visits to mining operations and to some of Australia’s many spectacular tourist attractions.
The ICA Congress in 2001 will launch the colored gemstones industry into the new Millennium.
Stop Press:
De Beers Wins Bid For Winspear
De Beers Canada said on August 27, 2000 that the shareholders of Canada’s Winspear Diamonds had endorsed its C$31 million ($203 million) sweetened hostile bid and tendered 91 per cent of all shares, giving it its first major diamond asset in North America. The acquisition gives De Beers a controlling stake in Winspear’s Snap Lake diamond deposit, Canada’s most promising undeveloped diamond property in the Northwest Territories, with Aber Diamond Corp. (formerly Aber Resources) as the minority partners. De Beers needed 50.1 per cent of Winspear shares (fully diluted) for the bid to succeed.


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