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
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
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”.