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Tanzania’s Arusha gem show begins

21 april 2015
Tanzania’s annual Arusha Gem Fair (AGF) has started on the foot of Mount Meru and just above 80 kilometres (51 miles) from the world’s famed Mount Kilimanjaro.
The three-day event promises to bring together primary gemstone and mineral producers from Sub-Saharan African countries in one forum, along with renowned industry leaders.
Organisers of the fair said the event attracted about 65 exhibitors from Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar and Uganda.
These included reputable companies such as Tanzanite One Mining and Petra’s Williamson Diamond Limited were part of the exhibitors.
Meanwhile, Tanzania suspended exports of gemstones from 5 April to 3 May, 2015 to ensure availability of sufficient goods to “dedicated” buyers from all over the world, during the fair. 
The event gives buyers the opportunity of buying rough tanzanite of any size following the temporary lift of the ban of export of rough tanzanite weighing above 1 gram during the show.
The fair’s opening ceremony would be graced by the minister for energy and minerals, George Simbachawene.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, from Arusha, Tanzania, Rough&Polished