Tuesday, October 13, 2020

GJEPC inaugurates India Intl Jewellery Show


PUNE (MUMBAI): The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC), the apex body for promotion of gems and jewellery, today inaugurated the first ever India International Jewellery Show, IIJS Virtual  2020, powered by GIA.

GJEPC has organized IIJS for 38 editions, however due to pandemic the physical trade show has been transformed to a complete virtual experience for exhibitors as well as domestic and global visitors. The show will be open for 5 days till October 16, 2020.

The highlight of the inaugural ceremony were Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railway, Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray were the Guests of honour for the event and attended the ceremony virtually and addressed the audience.

The IIJS Virtual 2020, has over 330 Exhibitors, 8000 registered Buyers, 2900 meetings have been booked and around 200 visitors registered from the US, UK, UAE, Qatar, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Italy, Egypt, Belgium, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Copenhagen etc.

Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, said, “GJEPC has adapted well to the changing lifestyle. We want to make Maharashtra the number one trading centre for diamonds and jewellery not only in India, but the world. We are already in the process of making a Jewellery Park in Mumbai. If the industry needs any help from the Maharashtra Government, we are ready to support it. But anything that we do, should provide employment for the people of Maharashtra. Today, we are going to showcase our jewellery tradition to the whole world virtually.”

Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, said, “In fact, this imbibing of technology to reach out to customers across the world shows the resilience of Indian business, Indian industry, and the commitment to serve customers, particularly with the festival season around the corner, both in India as we celebrate Navratri, Dussera and Diwali; and across the world, where Christmas and the New Year are going to be times when we erupt in joy and bring back the mood in the world.”

Colin Shah, Chairman of GJEPC said, “The show has been receiving overwhelming response from exhibiting companies and buyers alike. I am confident and optimistic that IIJS Virtual will bring the much needed momentum in the Gems & Jewellery business ahead of festive season.”  

Vipul Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, said, “The industry has been quick to adapt to the new normal. IIJS Virtual, is an effort to build a robust digital architecture that showcases India’s leading manufacturers and connects them to the buyers from India and world. I am confident that the show will be a pivot in driving the business, trade and exports for the sector.”


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