‘Jewels Sri Lanka 2010′ is an international gem, mineral, and jewellery exhibition which opens the doors of the international market for local traders.
It is the first time that such an exhibition is being organized in Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa opened the Exhibition at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Conference Hall in Colombo today. The Exhibition is open to the public from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. It will end on Sunday. The event is organized by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority under the guidance of the Ministry of Environment. Gem and Jewellery Authority Chairman Anil Koswatta said the aim of their effort is to open external markets to small and medium scale industries as well as to the market leaders.
The two prized possessions of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority, a blue star sapphire and a cat’s eye, are on display. The Authority aims to make Sri Lanka the leader of supplying high quality gems and jewellery production to the world. Buyers from US, India, China, Thailand, Korea, Japan and Russia have been invited to visit the exhibition.
The President presented awards commending individuals, leaders and institutions which had made a significant contribution to the Gem and Jewellery Industry. The Gem and Jewellery Authority presented a memento to the President on behalf of the efforts made by him for the development of the industry. Among the large gathering present were many Parliamentarians.