Actor Vicky Kaushal and music maestro Pritam added glitz and glam to the 39th India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) Premiere, the second largest gem & jewellery exhibition in the world, organised by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).
In the 8th edition of its esteemed charity dinner, 'Jewellers for Hope,' GJEPC raised an impressive donation to be given to Relief Projects India, a leading NGO focussed on women-child related issues.
Vicky Kaushal personally attended this event on behalf of Relief Projects India and spoke about the organisation and the impact it has created in India. Relief Projects India is a dedicated non-profit Trust committed to making a positive impact on the lives of the less fortunate through education, health, and awareness initiatives. The NGO's primary focus lies in addressing critical issues such as female infanticide, foeticide, boy-child preference, and the challenges faced by women and children in rural villages. Actress model Sarah-Jane Dias interviewed Vicky Kaushal on the stage during the event.
Actor Vicky Kaushal said, “I would like to extend many thanks and gratitude to Jewellers for Hope and The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council for recognising and supporting a cause which is so close to my heart - Relief Projects India (RPI). I am extremely proud of the work that RPI has put in over the years for their education programme - Mountain View School, which is dedicated on providing quality education and a safe environment to all underprivileged kids in the area. I hope and wish that you all continue your support towards all such noble causes in the years to come as well.”
Pritam added Mauj, Maja, Masti and Music at the IIJS Celebrations Night at JIO World Convention Centre on 3rd August. The Legends of India’s gem & jewellery export industry were present with Mr. Shah, Mr. Kirit Bhansali (Vice Chairman, GJEPC); Mr. Nirav Bhansali (Convener, National Exhibitions), Milan Chokshi, Convener, Promotion Marketing, GJEPC, Mr. Paul Rowley, Executive Vice President, Diamond Trading, De Beers Group; Somasundaram PR (MD, India, World Gold Council) and Mr. Sabyasachi Ray (Executive Director) among others.
For the 1st ever, IIJS Premiere is simultaneously organised at two venues - the Jio World Convention Centre (JWCC) from 3rd to 7th August, and the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) from 4th to 8th August. In a new record, around 50,000 visitors are attending including 2,000 visitors from over 65 countries. There are 3,250 stalls with 1,850 exhibitors, covering an expansive area of 70,000+ sq. mtrs.
The grand opening of the show was marked with the gracious presence of Guests of honour Mr. Mike Hankey, Consul General, Consulate General of USA; Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA; Mr. Paul Rowley, Executive Vice President, Diamond Trading, De Beers Group; Mr. C K Venkataraman, Managing Director at Titan Company; Mr. G.R. Ananthapadmanabhan, Managing Director, GRT Jewellers India and the doyens and Mr. G.R. Radhakrishnan, Managing Director, GRT Jewellers India Pvt. Ltd. along with Mr. Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC; Mr. Kirit Bhansali, Vice Chairman, GJEPC; Mr. Nirav Bhansali, Convener, National Exhibitions; Mr. Mitesh Gajera, Co-convener, National Exhibitions, GJEPC and Mr. Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director amongst others.
Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said, "Since its inception, the gem and jewellery industry has been at the forefront of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, embracing the ethos of giving back to society and fostering unity for a common cause. Through the noble platform of 'Jewellers for Hope,' the Council has championed several meaningful causes, encompassing education, women's empowerment, sanitation, and more. This year, we are delighted to extend our support to Relief Projects India, an impactful NGO endorsed by the esteemed actor Vicky Kaushal. Their dedication to addressing critical issues such as female infanticide, foeticide, boy-child preference, and the challenges faced by women and children in rural villages aligns perfectly with our vision. We are optimistic that our collective efforts will bring positive transformation and make a lasting impact on the lives of the less fortunate.”
The response to IIJS Premiere 2023 has been overwhelming, with a record-breaking 42,000 pre-registrations from across India. The event swill witness more than 2,000 visitors from over 65 countries, including the USA, UK, UAE, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Fiji, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Muscat, Italy, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany, Turkey, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and many more. The distinguished guest list includes delegations from 16 nations, elevating the event to an unparalleled international stature.
About The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India (GoI) in 1966, is one of several Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) launched by the Indian Government, to boost the country’s export thrust, when India’s post-Independence economy began making forays in the international markets. Since 1998, the GJEPC has been granted autonomous status. The GJEPC is the apex body of the gems & jewellery industry and today represents 9000 members in the sector. With headquarters in Mumbai, GJEPC has Regional Offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Surat and Jaipur, all of which are major centres for the industry. It thus has a wide reach and is able to have a closer interaction with members to serve them in a direct and more meaningful manner. Over the past decades, GJEPC has emerged as one of the most active EPCs and has continuously strived to both expand its reach and depth in its promotional activities as well as widen and increase services to its members.