Exhibit articles include statuary.
Yesterday (May 8) the sixth international jewelry
exhibition "Goldsmith-2003" was opened
in the State Conference Hall, with President Robert
Kocharyan on hand to cut a ribbon to open the
About 50 companies and 20 sole-proprietors representing
eight countries are taking part in the exhibit,
which is organized by the Association of Gold
and Diamond Jewelers of Armenia and supported
by the government of the republic.
Jewels made of precious metals, unique decorations,
diamonds, watches, souvenirs, handicraft items,
machineries and tools, security systems were presented
at the exhibition.
Press secretary of Association of Gold and Diamond
Jewelers of Armenia Volodia Kirakosyan mentioned
that unlike last year, this year small-scale and
middle-scale businessmen have been more active.
Many applications were presented, however, it
was impossible to include everyone as the hall
Organizers say many visitors have already
attended the four-day exhibit.
"The aim is to present our businessmen.
This year there has been many visitors,"
Kirakosyan says. "We are expecting to find
new ways and possibilities of cooperation and
sign contracts with trade organizations. Our task
is to turn the exhibition into a free trade zone,
into the place where new deals will be effected."
"Arpek" Armenian-Canadian Company takes
part for the second time. Executive director Armen
Hoveyan says, "this year we present a new
collection, traditional enamel works with models
made with new design and from white gold, pearls
and genuine leather. The expectation is to present
ourselves, get new orders and find new business
After visiting exhibits for about 90 minutes,
Kocharyan told journalists:
"We considered jewelry gold and diamonds
as dominants in the economic field, and we did
everything to make the legislative framework favorable
for this field. Today we already see the result."
President Kocharyan spent 90 minutes looking
According to the President, the National Assembly
plans to adopt a new law on trade in September,
which suggests solutions to all problems concerning
a free trade area. He emphasized the importance
of formation of larger trade organizations, which
will link representatives of small and medium-size
businesses to foreign markets.
"In order to sell our production it is necessary
to work more in other countries, and today membership
to the World Trade Organization gives us a greater
opportunity to work on that," he said.
The President said he had not made any purchases
nor accepted any extravagant presents at the exhibit.
He did accept, he said, a modest necklace made
of natural gems from a student showcase.
"But there are craftsmen with whom we cooperate,
and during official visits, when we exchange presents,
we usually buy from our gold jewelers," the