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<Publication: JCK-Jewelers Circular Keystone> <Date: August 1, 2004>
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<Executive: Gurdjian, Pierre; director; McKinsey & Co, Brussels>
<Category: Retail> During the BaselWorld 2004 Watch and Jewelry Show,
the Armenian Jewellers Association (AJA) held its annual meeting and
dinner, attended by about 100 members and their guests. Guest speaker
Pierre Gurdjian, director of McKinsey Co, Brussels, introduced the

Armenia 2020 project, which focuses on identifying alternative
development models for Armenia with a view to contributing to
Armenia's future economic development. Gurdjian commented specifically
on the dynamics of marketing in the diamond and jewelry industry and
outlining strategies for survival in a rapidly changing industry. The
annual AJA awards for 2004 honored Vartan Sirmakes, managing director
and co-founder of Franck Muller, Geneva, who received the Lifetime
Achievement Award for his contribution to the Swiss luxury watch
industry; Vahe Isnar, Lily Jewelry Manufacturing, Toronto, who was
recognized for his contribution to the development of the jewelry
industry in the Republic of Armenia; and Melkon Hagopian, Hagopian
Jewels, Beirut, who was named Designer of the Year in recognition of
his creativity in jewelry design. The board announced that it would
hold its next meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, on Oct. 22, 2004, to
coincide with a special one-day conference (scheduled for Oct. 23,
2004) on jewelry industry matters hosted by the government and
organized by AJA. For more information, e-mail:
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