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Sri Lanka to host global coloured gemstones industry meeting next year

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Over 400 global members of the International Coloured Gemstone Association including the President of the Association Benjamin Hackman are scheduled to participate in the 16th Congress which is to be held from 16 to 19 May 2015 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. ICA Ambassador to Sri Lanka Altaf Iqbal cited the objective was to host a Congress that is on par with the latest consumer trends and developments in new markets. “This congress is a congregation of industry leaders in the gem and jewellery field, it also serves as an opportune meeting for the members and non-members both internationally and locally to garner knowledge and expertise on new trends.” Business leaders in Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry have also bolstered co-operation to devise elaborate plans to host what they hope will be the best Congress to date “The unwavering support from both state and private sector participants has given the Congress a huge impetus and we are pleased to be on track to deliver a world-class Congress,” Sri Lanka Congress Committee Chairman A.H.M. Imtizam said. The congress themed ‘Sapphire and MORE’ aims to bridge the gap between gem source and consumer, with focus on imparting knowledge about these rare gifts of nature so that the beauty and rarity of the gems are communicated to consumers. The line-up of speakers includes the illustrious keynote speaker, David Schwartz, as well as gemstone gurus Richard Hughes, Edward Boehm, Ken Scarratt and Dr. A. Peretti, to name a few. Fringe events of the ICA congress include a seven-day tour of Sri Lanka including visits to gem mines. A gem trade fair will also be held in conjunction with the main event at the same venue where over 50 companies will proudly showcase array of gemstones and jewellery, Vice Chairman of the show organising committee, Juzar Adamaly, confirmed. Three sporting events will also be given prominence, they include a cricket, tennis and golf tournaments which will be open for members and non-members to take part in. Four gala events and a cultural show is also part of the enticing event. For more information please email info@icacongress.com or contact Ruani Wickramasekera, Project Coordinator at Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association  on 071 0535 424. The website is www.congress.gemstone.org.

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