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VISIT OF OFFICIAL DELEGATES FROM MYANMAR

A seven member delegation was on a visit to National Gem and Jewellery Authority on 29th of March 2018. The purpose of this visit was to study the government involvement for the development and regulationof gem and Jewellery industry in Sri Lanka. The delegation was consisted with the government officials from Ministry of Natural Resources and Enviornmental Conservation of Myanmar and members of the Myamar Gems and Jewellery Entreprenures Association. Mr. K.L.D. Dayasagara (Director Valuer/ Gemmologist), Ms. Ayoma Dias (Assistant Director Export Services and Marketing) and Mr. Ranga Bandara (Assistant Director- Export Services and Marketing) had the discussion with the delegates for mutual stregthen of the trade ties between Sri Lanka and Myanmar as gem producing countries. The delegates scrutinized the process of issuing Gem Certification by the Gem testing Laboratory of National Gem and Jewellery Authority and visited Sri Lanka the Gem and Jewellery Exchange located in 4th and 5th levels of the lower block of the WTC.

 

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SRI LANKA PAVILION WAS DAZZLED AT THE HONG KONG HKTDC DIAMOND, GEMS AND PEARL SHOW

The fifth Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl show organized by the Hong Kong Diamond, Gem and Pearl show organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held from 1-5 March 2018 at the Asia World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The show successfully attracted over 2,580 genuine buyers from 39 different countries forming the Asia’s largest Jewellery Market place. Forty three (43) Sri Lankan companies were accommodated at the Sri Lanka Pavilion recording the highest number of participation from Sri Lanka in an International Gem and Jewellery Trade shows.

Mr. Ranga Wanasinge (Assistant Director- Export Services and Marketing) engaged in promotions and coordination on behalf of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority at the exhibition premises and successful conducted business discussion with the show organizer in order to enhance the business collaboration and tighten the trade ties between the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and National Gem and Jewellery Authority. Hongkong is being the major exporting country of Sri Lanka precious Gem Stones which was recorded exports of 339,567.8 crts and 462,261 crts in 2016 and 2017 years respectively which was resulted for inward remittance of USD 28.7 m and USD 37.1m.

Participants of the Sri Lanka Pavilion are as follows.

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Natural Sapphires Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd.

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Meeyana Kawana and Sons.

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Buraak Jewels (Pvt) Ltd

2

Khadijah Gems

15

Khiard Jewellers

29

Mushan International

3

New world gems.

16

Kamil

30

Trust Gems.

4

R&R Fine Gems.

17

AJS International

31

Shiraz Gems Jewels.

5

H.H. Gems.

18

Mansoor Gems

32

Regal Gems (Pvt) Ltd

6

Sri Gems.

19

Jewel Mine Gems

33

Shehans Ltd.

7

Priyantha Gems & Lapidary

20

Global Gems (Pvt) Ltd

34

Orofini Jewellery (Pvt) Limited

8

Ruby N' Sapphire (PVT) Ltd.

21

Gem Paradise

35

I.S International

9

Kodarat Gems.

22

Island Gems

36

Colombo Gemstones & Jewellery (Pvt) Ltd.

10

Wijaya Gems (PVT) Ltd.

23

Mubarak Gems.

37

AFM Gems

11

Visaka Gems & Jewellery (Pvt) Ltd.

24

Beauty Gems

38

SAFAIYERS

12

Crest Gems (Private) Ltd.

25

Farook Gems

39

Ruwanpura Gems (Pvt) Ltd

13

Furqan Ali & Sons

26

Zahran International.

40

Sapphire Cutters

27

Hi Line Trading (Pvt) Ltd

41

Winil Gems.

42

Batcha Gems

43

ISAB & CO

 

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Establishment of Sri Lanka Pavilion in IJT Exhibiton 2018

Sri Lanka Pavilion has been established in International Jewellery Tokyo Show-2018 for the 13th successive year.  It is a highly patronize and the largest International Jewellery Trade show in Japan which is organized by M/s Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd  held from 24th to 27th of January 2018.
By organizing the Sri Lanka Pavilion in IJT show, the NGJA expects to retain and increase the market share in the Japanees market in year 2018 with the slight recovery of the economic down turn of Japan because it was once the major trading platform for fine quality calibrated gem stones and IJT is a gateway to expand Sri Lanka's business in Japan.
 IJT gathers leading retailers, importers and wholesalers from 31 countries and targeting over 30,000 genuine buyers and a wide variety of products in the jewellery industry gathers under one roof, at the world trend-setting city, Tokyo.
 
 Sri Lanka exported 2382 carats of blue sapphires and US$ 1.7 million foreign remittance earned thorugh the Sri Lanka gem exports in year 2016 to Japan. Participating at this event will help to have proactive business discussions and attract new business into Sri Lanka.

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Nippon Maru Youth Representatives Visited Ngja

Youth representatives who were interested to explore on Gem and Jewellery Industry of the Nippon Maru ship visited National Gem and Jewellery Authority on 16th of February 2017.

This program was being held in order to enhance cultural, social and political understanding and promote mutual relationship among the young generations and strengthen the quality of leadership creating an awareness on Gem and Jewellery industry.

Mr. K.L.D. Dayasagara (Director Valuer/ Gemmologist) conducted a brief presentation on Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Industry to the young visitors. The delegates were also witnessed the two priceless treasures of NGJA and Dr. Kithsiri Dissanayake (Chairman / CEO) invited the young delegates to explore further on Sri Lanka Gem Industry and presented tokens of appreciation to the young delegates.

 

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Highlights of “China International Jewellery Fair ” held in Beijing - China from 09th – 13th November 2017

 

China International Jewellery Show Beijing, held from 09th to 13th November 2017, was organized by Gems & Jewelry Trade Association of China at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC), Beijing. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing has established a close working relationship with the Gem and Jewellery Trade Association of China which have paved way for forward linkages to promote Gems and Jewellery in China. The National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association and the assistance of Commercial Section of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing organized the Sri Lanka Pavilion for the ninth consecutive year with the participation of twenty members from the trade and displayed a glittering array of Gems and Jewellery from Sri Lanka.

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Rathnabhimani

The "Rathnabhimani" Insurance and Retirement scheme introduced by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority and this was ceremonially offered by His Excellency the president Maithripala Sirisena to Gem Miners and Gem technicians in Sri Lanka, at the Sirimavo Bandaranayake Convention Center on 31st August 2017

 

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Installation of the NGJA Gem & Jewellery Testing Laboratory in Galle

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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

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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

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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

 

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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