IIJS Premiere, the largest exhibition in India, post-Covid, organized by the Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, got off to a glittering start on 15th September at BIEC. The exhibition being held from 15 to 19 September 2021, is a major boost for the exhibition and events industry in India.
The 37th edition of IIJS Premiere, organized by the Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), is the first and the largest show held by it in Bangalore by GJEPC.
IIJS Premiere 2021 was inaugurated by Smt. Anupriya Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State, Commerce & Industry, Government of India, who declared the exhibition as “open” in the presence of Sri Murugesh Nirani, Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka, Sri P. Ravi Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka and Sri S. Suresh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce & Industry.
Sharing her views, Smt. Anupriya Patel said that the gems and jewellery industry contributes to around 7% to India’s GDP with around $43 billion exports. Expressing his thoughts, Sri Murugesh Nirani said that Karnataka will extend all possible support to gems and jewellery industry to set up their units in an exclusive park which is being set up in Gulbarga.
Colin Shah, Chairman, GJEPC informed the audience that this edition of IIJS is the largest ever show being held by GJEPC with 1300 exhibitors occupying an exhibition space of 77,200 square metres in 5 halls with more than 18,000 registered visitors till the first day of the show. An event of this magnitude needs a great venue, so we are glad that BIEC stepped up to help us organize it.
Shailesh Sangani, Convener, Exhibitions, GJEPC thanked the Karnataka government for extending all possible support to organize the show seamlessly. Vipul Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, Mahender Kumar Tayal, Regional Chairman, Southern Region, Shailesh Sangani, Convener, National Exhibitions, GJEPC, Mansukh Kothari, Co-convener, National Exhibitions, GJEPC and Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director, GJEPC, were also present at the inaugural ceremony.
Sharing his views on the opening of the exhibition, V. Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA and BIEC said, “We are happy that exhibition industry is able to re-start its journey once again after a brief challenging period. We are thankful to the organizers of IIJS to organize such a great show at BIEC. We wish the organizers a great outcome from the show.”