The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), which organised its first-ever Bharat Diamond Week, said the event exceeded its expectations. The BDB said it is already planning the next edition of the loose-diamond fair which it says will be even bigger and feature new elements.
The event was inaugurated on April 23 by US Consul-General Edgard Kagan. New York Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) President Reuven Kaufman, who headed a US buyer delegation to the event, also participated in the inauguration ceremony.
"This first Bharat Diamond Week more than lived up to our expectations," said BDB Vice-President Mehul Shah, who heads the Diamond Week project. "We understood early on that there was going to be great interest, and that turned out to be the case with more than 1,000 visitors from India and across the world are taking part. We are planning for the next show to take place from October 8 to 9.
Shah added, “Our aim is to help the smaller and medium-size firms by giving them a platform on which to show their goods to buyers from India and overseas. Many companies in the bourse who were not able to exhibit in the show marquee reported that buyers also moved around the exchange, visiting offices and doing business. I must thank all members of the organising committee, particularly Jay Parikh, and, of course, all the exhibitors and buyers who made a great effort to attend.”
BDB President Anoop Mehta said, "The Diamond Week really energised the whole Bharat Diamond Bourse. It created a lot of action and momentum. People had smiles on their faces and the event really put a spring in the step of our BDB members.”
He went on to say, “We are now planning the next show. We will be implementing changes based on lessons that we learned from the planning of this show. The October show will take the Bharat Diamond Week to a whole new level. I must thank all my members who organised the show and put in so much effort to ensure its success, as well as the buyers who took part."