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GJEPC’s 12th IIJS Signature commences in Mumbai

11 february 2019
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) presented the 12th edition of Signature IIJS and the 6th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME) from 10-13 February 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai.
Dr. Subodh Kumar Agarwal (Addn. Chief Secretary - Industry, Govt. of Rajasthan) and Pramod Kumar Agrawal (Chairman, GJEPC) inaugurated the IIJS Signature 2019 in the presence of other industry dignitaries.

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IIJS Signature 2019 hosts more than 750+ exhibitors and 1,400+ booths and is expected to attract 18,000 visitors from over 325+ cities and towns pan India and more than 55 countries globally. Buyer delegations are from countries such as the UK, UAE, Russia, Malaysia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal & Uzbekistan amongst others.
Addressing the inaugural session, Pramod Kumar Agrawal, said, “The IIJS Signature show is one of the key engines of the industry’s future growth and a benchmark for the global industry. We have set ourselves an ambitious target of total gem and jewellery exports from $42 billion at present to $75 billion by the year 2025. The world-class gems and jewellery showcased at this premium exhibition is the culmination of the industry’s hard work, and IIJS Signature is a crucial component of fulfilling India’s legacy of being the “Jeweller to the World".
Suresh Prabhu, Hon. Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, said in a video message, “GJEPC is the nodal body for gem & jewellery exports amounting to around USD 42 billion every year and employment for around 5 million people especially in rural areas. These exports result in value addition and create huge global opportunities for business and employment. The gem & jewellery business is part of a global supply chain and integrated ecosystem ranging from Antwerp to Hong Kong to Surat to Mumbai, etc. The government has announced the first-ever Domestic Council and an integrated Gold Policy - all of which will lead to more and more growth for the Make in India gem & jewellery industry.”
Subodh Kumar Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary-Industry, Government of Rajasthan State, said, ”The Rajasthan State Government is now in the process of creating a new Industrial policy where the law will abolish all existing laws. For MSMEs, we want to encourage self-regulation and waiver of all rules for 3 years. We want to make Jaipur the gemstone & jewellery capital of the world.”
Shailesh Sangani, Convener, National Exhibitions Sub-Committee, GJEPC, said, “The Council remains focused on maintaining the design-conscious profile of IIJS Signature, where visitors can source globally appealing jewellery that’s a class apart. Alongside IIJS Signature, we have the latest in gem and jewellery manufacturing technology and equipment on display at the 6th edition of the India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME)."
IIJS Signature 2019 provides a perfect platform for the country’s leading manufacturers and retailers to facilitate an exchange of market insights and knowledge, providing networking opportunities for business. In addition to that, an exclusive ‘By Invitation Only’ Networking Evening has been organised for exhibitors and buyers to further explore business opportunities and strengthen existing business ties.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished