Six-day IIJS Signature 2021 to begin on April 2 with strict Corona safety norms. IIJS Signature 2021, India’s first physical exhibition of this stature after eruption of coronavirus pandemic about 13-month ago, is scheduled to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. Mumbai, between April 2 and 7, 2021, with strict government’s standard operating procedures (SOP) from the centre and the state.
Being organised by the Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the premier industry body under the Ministry of Commerce, the trade show all mandatory guidelines in place to prevent spread of coronavirus. Both exhibitors and visitors have been guided to adopt all necessary preventive measures before and after entering the venue.
The exhibition will be spread across three halls to host over 750 exhibitors and approx. 1365 booths with limited entry of buyers and exhibitors.
“It has been more than a year since the industry witnessed a physical show of the magnitude of IIJS Signature. Owing to demand from all segments of the trade, GJEPC is organising IIJS Signature in physical form. It is the need of the hour that the entire jewellery community comes together to boost the jewellery business. The exhibition is held at a Covid-Free Zone and we are following all SOPs set by the central and the state government to organize the show,” said Colin Shah, Chairman, GJEPC.
Shah further added, “With the vaccination drive already in full swing in India, we expect that by end of March, a large number of people would be vaccinated for Covid. We are anticipating a surge in demand for gems and jewellery in the next few months with weddings and Akshay Tritiya lined up. IIJS Signature will be an opportunity for our visitors and buyers to restock their inventory for the upcoming demand for the season.”
Despite the pandemic, lockdown and sluggish international demand, India’s gem and jewellery exports from April 2020 to January 2021 reached $19.2 billion.
“We are organising IIJS Signature by taking all the precautionary measures against Covid-19. We have made the processes completely digital – registration is mandatory through GJEPC online app, digital contactless badges will be issued (no physical badges), visitors and exhibitors have to compulsory download Aarogya Setu App. Moreover, for entry into the exhibition, visitors must produce a Covid-19 Negative Report, tested at least 72 hours prior to arrival,” said Shailesh Sangani, Convener, National Exhibitions, GJEPC.