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The 7th edition of the China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair

31 march 2009

The 7th edition of the China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair - Shenzhen concluded on a high note at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center on 1 March.
The four-day event provided gem and jewellery traders an all-in-one platform that enabled them to buy and sell merchandise, share experiences and update themselves with the latest market intelligence.
According to the data from organisators, 308 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, etc. participated in the Fair. A total of 6,728 visitors from 76 countries and regions was recorded.
For reference, in 2008, the Fair hosted over 360 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions, and over 7,000 visitors came from 81 countries and regions to source quality jewellery products. The first China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair was launched in Shenzhen in 2003.
 “The China market is relatively immune from the global economic downturn. We got positive response from exhibitors. They were pleased with the traffic and the level of business transacted at the Fair. Although the current economic scenario affected the visitor numbers, we saw an outstanding growth in the number of overseas buyers coming from some European countries and emerging markets like Portugal, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Belgium. We are glad that the Fair was able to bring new business opportunities in these markets to our exhibitors," said Mr Sunny Chan, Jewellery Fairs Manager (China) of UBM Asia.
Mr Zhang Bing Nan, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of China Gold Association said in the opening ceremony, “Despite the difficulties and problems posed by the winter storms, the Sichuan earthquake and the global financial crisis, China’s gold industry managed to grow in 2008. China's gold output topped 282 tons last year, a 4.26-percent increase compared with the previous year, helping the nation retain its spot as the world's biggest gold mining country. It is an obvious fact that China has successfully risen to become the world’s most influential gold markets in the world.”
Chinese government supports domestic consumption growth. Jewellery retail sales in China are expected to exceed RMB200 billion (about 30 billion US dollars) by 2010, and which, by 2020, are expected to top RMB300 billion (44 billion US dollars). Exports, meanwhile, are expected to top more than 12 billion US dollars.

Yekaterina Davydova, Rough&Polished Asian Bureau Editor in Beijing