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High response to FACETS 2011

FACETS 2011 has received a high response with the confirmed participation of international buyers around the world for the show.

FACETS 2011, organized by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) will be held from September 8 to 11 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre in Colombo for the 21st consecutive year.


Flash back The last FACETS exhibition. Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe

SLGJA Secretary Ziqufi Ismail said “High profile international buyers have confirmed their participation for this year’s show. Online registrations have surpassed the previous year’s numbers”.

He said two Chinese delegations have confirmed their participation for the event and there will be 19 members in both delegations. A Russian delegation with 16 members has also confirmed their participation.

Out of the 154 exhibition booths over 90 percent has been sold out one month prior to the event which shows the keen interest of the exhibitors, he added.

Sri Lankan diplomats around the world assisted immensely to promote FACETS 2011 internationally and the Export Development Board (EDB) facilitates trade delegations for the show. The FACETS 2011 is an ideal public private partnership project, he said. With the economic boom and the conducive environment in the country there is a huge response for this year’s show, he said.

“Many foreign buyers as well as buyer delegations from Russia, India and China have confirmed participation for FACETS. We are in the process of arranging all details of the delegations,” SLGJA Promotion and Trade Fairs Vice Chairman Juzar Adamaly said.

Organizers also have made arrangements to send over 10,000 brochures to individual buyers around the world through Sri Lankan embassies and consulates in various countries.

“We are also participating in shows in China, Russia, Singapore and India to promote FACETS. As we are one of the main source countries for fine gems we are very competitive. Even though FACETS is not a mega exhibition, buyers have confidence when buying from Sri Lanka,” he said.

The FACETS 2011 is sponsored and endorsed by the EDB and the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA). The Bank of Ceylon (BoC) is the official banker of the event.

Recognized as Sri Lanka’s only international Gem and Jewellery show, FACETS is now in the international calendar of gem and jewellery shows with the popular slogan “Come September Come FACETS”.

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