With a new elected committee and a spate of events lined up for this financial year, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the apex body of India’s gem and jewellery industry is working ways to build India as the ‘brand to reckon’ within the global gem and jewellery map.
The recent GJEPC elections saw Mr. Rajiv Jain appointed as Chairman and Mr. Sanjay Kothari as Vice Chairman. Mr. Jain served as Vice Chairman, GJEPC for 2 years and now takes over as Chairman from Mr. Vasant Mehta. His portfolio speaks of 23 years of experience in diamond manufacturing, sourcing and identification with global exposure. He also serves as Vice President Jewellers Association, Jaipur, Director, International Coloured Gemstone Association New York, Vice Chairman, Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery, Jaipur, and as Vice Chairman, Indo American Chamber of Commerce amongst others. He was promoter – director of Vaibhav Gems Ltd, the first company from the industry to be listed on BSE/NSE, India and has been honoured with the Gunijan Award 2004 by the Governor of Rajasthan.
The GJEPC is now preparing for the 3rd International Diamond Conference - Mines to Market on 12-13 October. The event will host Jyotiratidya Scindia, Hon’ble Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, as Chief Guest. Industry veterans like Gareth Penny, former CEO De Beers Group, Ms. Varda Shine Managing Director, DTC, Mr. Jacob Thamage Coordinator Diamond Hub, and many more from the Indian and global diamond industry, leading mining countries will participate.
On the occasion Mr. Rajiv Jain, Chairman GJEPC noted: “India today is surging forward to establish itself as the centre of global Gem and Jewellery trade. Today the jewellery industry is set to take off on a journey of exponential growth with increasing open policies and rapid developments of Special Economic Zones in different parts of the country. I sincerely hope that Mines to Market will aim at talking stock of the Diamond industry globally, and evolving a way forward for the future”.
This month will also host the GJEPC 37th Annual Awards for the gem and jewellery industry on 11th at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, honouring leading players from different segments of the industry. It will invite Mr. Praful Patel Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, as Presiding Guest, Prof. KV Thomas as Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture, consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Government of India as Chief Guest and Ms. Varda Shine as the Guest of Honour.
Buyer-Seller Meets are also being planned involving delegate visits to key markets as Europe, USA, Canada and CIS nations, an India Pavillions at 10 prime international jewellery fairs and hosting successful editions of its Indian International Jewellery Show (IIJS), as has been in previous years. The Council plans to host the IIJS, Signature on 7-10 January, 2011, in Mumbai. “ Along with Mr. Sanjay Kothari and the whole team of GJEPC, we will surely determine our way forward in maintaining the global position and exploring new horizon”, noted Mr. Jain.