Bangkok — TANZANIA has assured the world that the forthcoming Arusha International Gem, Jewellery and Mineral Fair scheduled for next month will be an opportunity of a lifetime.
Speaking here at the launch of the Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair on Friday, Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Mr Steven Maselle seized the opportunity to invite business people from all over the world to attend the event.
"Many countries from Africa and beyond will take part in the Fair in Arusha. We would like you to come and take part," Mr Maselle told about 3,000 traders will take part in the fair.
Responding to Mr Maselle's invitation, Thailand's Deputy Minister of Commerce Mr Nattawut Saikua said that business people from his country will come to Arusha for the show. "Tanzania is our best business partner in Africa.
Our Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited Tanzania in July this year to promote trade, investment and bilateral ties between the two countries and we expect to cooperate in other business related areas" he said.
The Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association (TAMIDA) will hold the Arusha International Gem, Jewellery and Minerals Fair (AIGJMF) at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, towards the end of October this year.
According to the coordinator of Tanzania Gemological Centre in Arusha, Mr Mussa Shanyangi, the four-day event in Arusha will bring together first class gemstone and mineral producers from more than thirteen Sub-Saharan African countries in one forum, along with renowned industry leaders, respected mineral collectors dealers, lapidary seminars, demonstrations, and round-table discussions with government leaders and industry players.
"The 2013 AIGJMF will continue build the foundation for an international consortium that consists of government representatives, buyers, sellers and industry experts who will work together to form the future of the gemstone trade in Sub-Saharan Africa" he told the 'Sunday News' here yesterday. Top Tanzanian companies as well as international exhibitors are expected to participate in this event.