The Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) of Tanzania and the Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association (TAMIDA) will hold the Arusha Gem Fair (AGF) formally Arusha International Gem, Jewelry and Minerals Fair (AIGJMF) at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania, April 19-21, 2016.
Expanding on the vision in our inaugural year, the three-day event promises to once again bring together premier gemstone and mineral producers from thirteen Sub-Saharan African countries in one forum, along with renowned industry leaders, respected mineral collectors, dealers, lapidary seminars and demonstrations, and round-table discussions with government leaders and industry players from our regional African partners. The 2016 AGF will continue to 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. We will once again be offering our popular Mine Tours to visit the sources of Tanzanite, Green Garnet & Ruby; along with tours of local lapidaries that were the result of discussions last year on increasing beneficiation back to the source; as well as the opportunity to safari in our national parks.
As our magnificent natural resources have given so much to us, the organizers and participants of this event understand the importance of beneficiation. Exhibitors will be required to showcase their work in the community, as well as participate in the sharing of best practices across their peers, with the continuous aim of making the mining/trading process in Sub-Saharan Africa one which invokes confidence in the end consumer. As a special feature in the AGF event, organizers continue to focus on empowering women in the gemstone trade through education in the areas of cutting and carving, and mentoring by strong female leaders.
The venue for the fair, Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, provides a comfortable and scenic environment to enjoy the show. In addition to gemstones, Arusha is the hub for many tourist destinations including beautiful national parks, cultural excursions, and easy access by plane to picturesque beaches on the Indian Ocean. Tanzania is a peaceful and safe country that is welcoming to visitors from around the world. Most notably, April is one of the best month to visit the Serengeti and other southern parks, so those who choose to take in a safari will be seeing our parks at their best. Not only is the AGF event good for business, it is a destination that is welcoming to the whole family.