MoS C R Chaudhary inaugurates maiden India Gemstone Week in Jaipur
GJEPC’s first edition of India Gemstone Week was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri C R Chaudhary on April 15, 2018 at a glittering ceremony at Hotel Fair Mont in Pink City. The grand event also marked the presence of eminent dignitaries from the GJECPC such as Pramod Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC, Dilip Shah, convener-international exhibition, GJEPC, Nirmal Kumar Bardia, regional chairman, Rajasthan, GJEPC and Vijay Kedia, co-convener, international exhibitions, GJEPC.
The event will showcase India’s unique leadership potential in the International Gemstone market and its contribution through finest artisanship to the industry. The flagship event organised by GJEPC witnesses international decision makers, local participating manufacturers of gemstones and industry insiders together under one roof for promoting trade globally.
CR Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, said “I am excited to see the Indian Gemstone industry’s making strides as a potential industry with value addition contributing to ‘Make In India.’ I am happy to add that this industry is helping the economy in terms of employment and skill development initiative by providing over 2 lakh jobs to people in the gemstone sector alone aligning with the PM’s Skill Development. I am confident that with globally demands soaring exponentially over the years will raise the bar for the industry to significantly create a niche for itself amongst the transnational market. I am sure that this industry will set new benchmarks and get more organized in the coming years.”
Pramod Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC in his inaugural speech said “GJEPC has always endeavoured to create avenues that helps promote trade from India to showcase their best potential in diamonds, gemstones or jewellery. India Gemstone Week is a unique platform where we are showcasing our capabilities to 89 international buyers from 22 countries.36 handpicked manufacturers from India would display their exquisite capabilities in manufacturing world-class cut and polished gemstones both precious and semi-precious.”
He further added that “the coloured gemstone exports today stands at around US$ 420 million. India’s gem and jewellery industry together employs 5 million people today. GJEPC is constantly working towards aligning with honorable PM’s vision and dream of creating employment in the sector. Council is striving to set up common facility centres and jewellery parks across India under guidance of honorable Commerce Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, which will give major boost to the employment in the sector going forward. A 43 billion export Industry, gems and jewellery sector of India contributes 7 per cent to India’s GDP and 15 per cent to country merchandise exports. We are in talks with the Indian Government and the State Government supporting us in setting up a gem bourse in Jaipur, which would help the coloured gemstones industry to play a bigger role in the global market and also help generate thousands of jobs in the sector.”