Four countries confirm Arusha's gem fair participation

Four countries have confirmed to participate in the second Arusha International Gem, Jewellery and Mineral Fair (AIGJMF) scheduled for October in Arusha, according to an association of mineral dealers who are organising the event.

The Chairman of the Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association (TAMIDA), Sammy Mollel named the four countries as Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Speaking with the 'Daily News' in an interview, he said another four African states were expected to confirm their participation this week. Mr Mollel said jewellery and mineral dealers were expecting to strike up business deals with main buyers from countries such as Israel, US, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

“The fair was scheduled for April this year but due to reasons beyond our control we had to push back to October…but so far the response is good as buyers and sellers have confirmed to take part,” he said.

The Chairman named other countries that are expect to confirm their participation as exhibitors this week as South Africa, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Namibia.

The AIGJMF will have over 50 pavilions opened to the buyers from 28 to 31 October this year. The participants apart from selling and buying their stuff will have the opportunity of visiting national parks at a short distance from Arusha city.

“We are planning marketing and sensitising tour in Hong Kong and Bangkok in the next few days to lure more buyers. This year we want to generate more than what we did in the previous event,” Mr Mollel said.

The fair last year generated US$ 3.88 million (about 6.21bn/-) and was a good rendezvous for buyers and sellers to register a business confidence for the future dealings.

The fair that is jointly organised by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) and TAMIDA, brings together all stakeholders in energy and mineral sector and all locally licenced mineral dealers and gemstones miners.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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