Installation of the NGJA Gem & Jewellery Testing Laboratory in Galle
The inaugural ceremony of the “state of the art” fully equipped Gem & Jewellery Testing Laboratory of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority was auspiciously declared open by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, The President of Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri Lanka and Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, onthe 25thof June 2016.
Hon.Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeygunawardene together with Hon.Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Chandima Weerakkody and Hon.Deputy Minister of Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara were fittingly in attendance to grace the meritorious occasion of immense National Importance and Significance.
The Facility which offers a wide spectrum of Gemstone & Precious Metal testing services is conveniently&accessibly situated in the very heart of Galle Town at No: 50/1/1 on Havelock Road,Galle. The official business hours of the unit is from 8.30a.mto 4.45 p.m from Monday to Friday.
The Laboratory established with the purpose to consolidate the “Buyer Confidence” geared to provide Authentic & Genuine Examination - inclusive of, Memos, Reports and Certification of Sri Lankan Gemstones & Jewellery items either purchased in Sri Lanka or Abroad by both local and international customers. The spectrum of services offered would also be a boon to the homegrown Jewellery manufacturers of the Southern Province to use the “Hall Marking” service to endorse the quality and standard of the products.
The Hon.Chairman / Chief Executive Officer of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA)
Mr.Asanka Welagedara, who Initiated this well-intentioned and creditable project extended an open invitation to all stake holders of the Southern Gem & Jewellery Industry to make use of the service to boost their ascent to the next rung of “Absolute Product Quality Assurance” demanded by the buyers representing the International Market. In his declaration Mr. Welagedara emphatically discouraged consumers from purchasing Jewellery Items without of the Hall Marking Emblem engraved by the NGJA
Sri Lanka shines at largest ever – JCK Las Vegas Show 2016
JCK is considered as the greatest platform for connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build their business. A record number of exhibitors and visitors at the 2016 edition of the JCK Las Vegas Show held from 3rd to 6th June 2016, drive the event with new business insights to the current economy, new products to reach new market segments, and future trends such as nature-inspired and green themed designs. The 2016 edition was the largest in the Show’s history and set records in terms of visitors, exhibitors and exhibition space. The Show boasted over 3100 Booth Holders from 20 Countries and 32 International Pavilions representing the broadest range of product categories, the utmost convenience and superior amenities.
The “Sri Lanka Pavilion” was organized by National Gem & Jewellery Authority. The “National Pavilion” which displayed a glittering array of Gems and Jewellery from Sri Lanka presented by eight members of the Trade, attracted buyers of international repute from U.S.A. and other leading consuming countries. The members of the “National Pavilion” were successful in establishing Sri Lanka’s position as the leading producer of fine quality Blue Sapphires to the global market, and a leading producer for fine quality single pieces, calibrated sapphires and contract cutting.
Participants of the ‘Sri Lanka Pavilion’ were of the opinion that the exposure they gained at this important event is a valuable experience to them & it created a strong platform to offer fine quality gems and gem studded Jewellery according to the current economic requirements of USA.
Participants of Sri Lanka Pavilion were as follows.
1. Anura Wijemanne Associates
2. Azba Gems & Jewellery
3. Baza Gems
4. Colombo Gemstone / R & R Fine Gems
5. Engelo Gems (Pvt) Ltd.
6. Mushan International
7. Sena Gem Trading House (Pvt) Ltd.
8. Super Shine Gems
Sri Lankan delegation to Russia
Mr. Asanka Sanjeewa Welagedara, Chairman / C.E.O. of National Gem & Jewellery Authority stated that, the National Gem & Jewellery Authority with the assistance of Sri Lanka Embassy in Russia and with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Export Development Board and Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association have organized a Gem and Jewellery Trade Delegation to Russia.
The delegation was comprised with the officials of Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Association and eight leading Gem and Jewellery Exporters. Main objective of the visit is to make inroads to Russian market through Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Exhibition - ‘Facets Sri Lanka 2016’ to be held from 1 -4 September 2016 which showcases a wide variety of gemstones found in Sri Lanka and an exquisite collection of gem studded jewellery.
The members visited the Gem and Jewellery Exhibition in Russia – JUNWEX – 2016 and have made preliminary discussion on establishment of a trading platform for Sri Lankan Gemstones and Jewellery at the event. The Commercial section of Sri Lanka Embassy in Russia had arranged fruitful Business meetings with Russian Gemstones Chamber – Russian Guild and Federal Customs Services of Russia in order to open and facilitate unrestricted Support and Cooperation to encourage Gem & Jewellery Exports to Russia.
Mr. Welagedara has conducted a Presentation on Unmatched Potential of Sri Lanka as the Leading Producer of Best Sapphires in the World where he elaborated Gem & Jewellery Trade Liberalization in Sri Lanka via minimization of Import & Export Tariff structures to an almost “ZERO” level, Economic , Political & Commercial Stability, highly literate skilled labor force and Investor Friendly Business Environment of the country.
Mr. Mushtaq Jabir – Chairman ‘Facets Sri Lanka 2016’ has extended an invitation to the members of Russian Gemstone Chamber for the Sri Lankan International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition – Facets Sri Lanka 2016 which is the 26th edition of the above show. This Authority is the principal Sponsor of ‘Facets Sri Lanka’ exhibition since its inception. Positive responses were received from the members of Russian Gemstone Chamber.
Mr. Welagedara further stated that the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) as the government regulatory body to develop, promote and regulate Gem and Jewellery industry in Sri Lanka, considers facilitation of Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Trading community for participation in international Trade Fairs throughout the world as a major promotional activity. The NGJA has identified Russia as a highly potential market to promote Sri Lankan gems and jewellery and accordingly NGJA with the collaboration of EDB and SLGJA has organized this ‘Sri Lankan Delegation to Russia’.
A considerable number of leading Gemstones and Jewellery dealers from Russia have attended for the presentations and business meeting organized by Sri Lanka Embassy in Russia.
Mr. Welagedara added that in its expanded promotional programme ‘NGJA’ intends to organize ‘Sri Lanka Pavilions’ at leading gem and jewellery events in USA, United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Norway in the year 2016.
Jewellery design development program in Thailand: EDB and NGJA to enhance skills of designers
Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) and with the assistance of Sri Lanka Embassy in Thailand organised a 10-day Advanced Jewellery Design Development Program at the Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand (GIT) from 2-12 June.
The gem and jewellery industry is the fifth largest foreign exchange earner and is identified as one of the key sectors by the EDB which could contribute to achieve set export targets. The annual foreign exchange generated from jewellery exports is in the range of $ 22 million during the past few years and it remains small in size compared to diamonds and gemstones.
“One of the main factors hindering the progress of the industry is the lack of awareness on the benefits of using design as a differentiator in the international market. Therefore, it is necessary to upgrade the capacities and skills of the jewellery designers by providing international exposure to produce exquisite designs that have a global appeal,” stated EDB Chairperson and Chief Executive Indira Malwatte.
NGJA, the Government authority for the development of gems and jewellery industry also place high priority on developing the skills of jewellery designers. Chairman and CEO Asanka Welagedara stated that, “Unavailability of structured design education and the low recognition for the profession are factors that limit the younger generation to enter into this arena.” Therefore, he added, “It is vital to provide international exposure to our local designers.”
Given the above background, EDB together with the industry has carried out several jewellery design development programs to upgrade the capacities and skills of the jewellery designers and to provide exposure locally and internationally, especially training using latest state of art technology in jewellery designing.
Since Thailand is considered as one of the best countries which conduct high standard jewellery design training programs, EDB with the assistance of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Thailand organised a tailor made advanced training program at the The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand (GIT) which is one of the leading state owned training institutions. 10 local designers including eight semi-finalists of the Jewellery Design Competition 2015 and two Jewellery Designing Instructors from the Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute (GJRTI) are being trained at the GIT at present.
It is envisaged that this training will enhance and sharpen the skills of these local designers and give them exposure on design and market trends of the international market. “Also it will enable them to produce designs that have a global appeal which in return will make them international calibre designers who could contribute to increase exports and position Sri Lanka as a design jewellery manufacturing hub,” Malwatte further added.
Continuous implementation of these kinds of programs will broad base the pool of jewellery designers of international calibre in the country, develop the image of Sri Lanka as a country being capable of producing high end luxury jewellery and thereby to put Sri Lanka on the world map as major jewellery production centre. This will also increase the value addition to domestic raw materials by manufacturing high end jewellery and increase jewellery exports from Sri Lanka