The Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, would deliver the keynote address at this year’s African Gems and Jewellery Exhibition and Seminar, holding in Abuja, FCT between 19th and 20th October.

The programme which is being hosted by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, in collaboration with the Gemologists and Jewellers Association of Nigeria, would take place at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, by9am daily.

Themed, “Nigeria Gemstones; Mines to Market”, the two-day event is expected to bring together mining operators, policy makers, gemstones dealers from within and outside the country, artisans, manufacturers jewellery equipment and  financial institutions to discuss and exhibit current global trends in the gemstones business.

Highlights of the event, according to a statement by the planning committee, include exhibition of equipment and gemstones as well as master classes, where interested participants would be trained on modern trend in gemstones cutting, polishing, international market and pricing and general transaction.

Exhibitors from other African countries are expected to join their Nigerian counterparts in showcasing current trends in gemstones business, equipment and technology.

Nigeria is endowed with abundant mineral resources and among the varieties of gemstones are: Sapphire, Aquamarine, beryl, emerald, tourmaline, phenakite ruby, garnet, topaz, amethyst, moonstone, onyx, opal, citrine, and zircon, found across the six geo-political zones of the country.

The exhibition will provide ample opportunity to showcase Africa’s mineral wealth and encourage mining rich communities to embrace mining as an economic activity that has immense potential to transform not only the socio-economic wellbeing of the people, but also contribute to the national economic growth.