The 35th edition of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), kicked off in Mumbai today. The show has undergone a physical expansion with the addition of another 10,800 square metres in the new Hall 7 and features over 1,300 exhibitors.
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), which manages the show, said it anticipated 35,000 visitors this year from over 800 cities in India and more than 80 other countries.
Indian Minister for Commerce & Industry & Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu, in a video-recorded speech from Delhi, acknowledged the role the IIJS show played in boosting exports -- a thrust area for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
World Jewellery Federation (CIBJO) President Gaetano Cavalieri, who was on hand to perform the honours at the opening ceremony, said, “GJEPC and its activities are very central to India’s unique position globally in the business of gem and jewellery. We cannot go forward without India and hence look forward to fostering and maintaining a deep engagement with the GJEPC.”
GJEPC Chairman Pramod Agrawal said, “Over the years IIJS has played a crucial role in taking the country’s gem and jewellery exports to a new level by showcasing India’s manufacturing capabilities to a host of buyers from across the world. Today, it’s an annual $41 billion export industry and our vision is to take exports to $60 billion by 2022.”
He added, “We have started a series of initiatives to achieve our goal. Setting up Common Facility Centers (CFCs) and Jewellery Parks at all major gem and jewellery clusters in India. I believe this would not only take the industry to a new level in terms of exports but also improve the living standards of the workers in the industry.”
GJEPC Vice Chairman Colin Shah said, “We are launching an international campaign, featuring India’s skills and capabilities in manufacturing world class jewellery. GJEPC is prepared to lead from the front when it comes to promotion of exports and incubating other development related activities.”
A fashion show featuring several Indian jewellery brands was run as a prelude event to the show yesterday. Today’s opening-day events include the Jewellers for Hope charity dinner that intends to donate the Rs.1 crore ($145,000) to the Bachpan Bachaao Andolan an organisation run by Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi that is working toward ending child exploitation of all kinds in India and the Giants Welfare International run by Social Activist Shaina NC that is working toward supporting and maintaining social service projects in India and overseas.