World’s leading gem & jewellery trade show IIJS Premiere 2019 hosts 1,300+ exhibitors and 40,000 global buyers from 800 cities & 80 countries.

IIJS Premiere 2019 sets new benchmarks in terms of participation with 1,300+ exhibitors, 2,500+ booths and 40,000 global trade visitors from 800+ Indian cities and 80 countries.

Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “Gem and Jewellery trade of India needs to adopt itself with the changing world scenario. India is well placed in this changing world order. With the US putting a 10% duty on Chinese exports of gem & jewellery, India has a potential opportunity to grab market share of a USD 6 bn opportunity. On one side, India is engaged in trade negotiations with the Eastern world and we are in the way to sign bilateral and multilateral trade with RCEP, which controls 1/3 of the world trade, and include China, Indo-Japan CEPA, Indo-Korean CEPA, etc. The sector is facing challenges globally and sustaining demand for the product is most important. We are happy that post our meetings and representation, De Beers investing around USD 175 mn globally and Alrosa is also adding funds through Diamond Producers’ Association and their individual offices too,” “Our vision is to increase the gem and jewellery exports to USD 75 billion and create additional 2 million jobs for the people by 2025.

Our Hon’ble Minister Piyush Goyal ji and his entire team at Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry have been very supportive towards the industry & I would like to thank them for the recent trade friendly policy announcements. The Govt. recently introduced a separate 8-Digit HS Code for Lab-grown/ Synthetic Diamonds, making India one of the early adopters of distinct HS Codes for both rough and polished synthetic diamonds, which is a consumer-friendly and trade-friendly initiative that enhances the ease of doing business. The Council’s main emphasis will be to promote the small jewellery exporters and bring value addition through exports to the country. We will be offering the Mediclaim insurance scheme to Parichay card holders though Swasthya Kosh fund. We have approached De Beers and Alrosa to fund this project. We have a target from Govt. to distribute 2.5 million Parichay cards.” GJEPC launched Parichay Card aimed at workers engaged in gem and jewellery sector. The objective is to provide them to find financial support from banks and provide better healthcare services through customised health insurance plan.” added Mr. Agrawal.

Mr. Agrawal, further said, “We request the Govt. implement the recommendations of the council for SEZ polices on fast track, as SEEPZ in Mumbai, Sitapura in Jaipur, Noida in Delhi, Surat in Gujarat are the main hubs for gem and jewellery exports to the US and China. Another area that we are focusing on is infrastructure development for our industry. After setting up Common Facility Centres (CFCs) in Gujarat, we have plans to set up CFCs across all major gem and jewellery clusters such as Coimbatore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Rajkot, Delhi, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad & Surat. Council along with NCAER is undertaking cluster mapping study across all Gem & Jewellery clusters of India. This would enable council to chart development plans for all clusters.”

Craft Pavilion at IIJS 2019, taking the initiative to revive traditional artforms of Indian jewellery

GJSCI has taken onus of nurturing the dying art form of Indian Jewellery. One of the highlights of the IIJS 2019 is the Craft Pavilion by Gems and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI), the nodal body for skill development of the Indian Gems & Jewellery industry under the National Skill Development Council (NSDC). India’s traditional Jewellery art forms like Thewa, Gajra, Bindri, Tarakasi, etc, are among the few jewellery forms which today have just a handful of artists left making these jewellery designs for generations. Craft Pavilion has received a tremendous response which also demonstrates these rare skills live.

GJEPC’s CSR initiative ‘Jewellers for Hope’ charity dinner donates 1 Crore!

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) through its CSR initiative ‘Jewellers for Hope’ charity dinner raised funds to donate the proceeds towards Indian Army Welfare, Tribal Integrated Development & Education Trust (TIDE) and Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care (SRLC), held on 8th August, Mumbai.

Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “Jewellers for Hope” is a platform where gem & jewellery industry comes together to contribute for a common cause. As an industry, we have always contributed generously for the upliftment of the underprivileged. The gem & jewellery industry has been involved in large-scale philanthropic initiatives particularly in the field of primary education, health & hygiene since a long time. This year, we have chosen to support niche areas such as the Indian army welfare, tribal welfare, affordable healthcare and maternal care to the underprivileged. I thank all contributors for coming forward and supporting the Jewellers for Hope initiative.

Mr Paul Rowley, Executive Vice President, Diamond Trading & Distribution, De Beers Group, said, “Diamond does changes lives. Diamond is truly forever, and it reflects love. At De Beers we have always believed in helping in building the society. India is no different from the African nations, where there is abundance of talent and skillsets. Through this initiative we would like to make the society a better place to live.”

Bollywood actor and theater personality Boman Irani was the host for the night, who entertained the audience with his great comic style and won the hearts of all for singing the iconic Frank Sinatra’s song My Way.