Asian Gem and Jewellery institutes form an umbrella Association AGA

Shri Bakul R Mehta delivering an invited talk in the forum Win?Win.
GII, Mumbai and NGTC , Beijing have taken their bilateral collaborative efforts to next higher level by forming “ Asia – Pacific Gemstone and Technology Standardisation Alliance” (AGA) along with GIT, Thailand and CGE, Shanghai. This historic development culminated into signing a Joint statement on 28.02.2019 during HK International Jewellery Show.
National Gem Testing Center (NGTC) organised a half day seminar FORUM Win-Win Meeting on 28-02-2019 during the ongoing Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in Wanchai, Hog Kong. CIBJO, GIT, GII, CGL, DFHK, GHK and HKIG were co-organisers. In this half day open Forum meeting Win-Win, Shri Bakul R Mehta, Chairman-GII delivered an invited talk on Current Challenges of International Jewellerey Trade and Way Forward.

Dr. M.D Sastry, GII parcipang in a panel discussion of Forum Win?Wi
After explaining the current concerns of the market with the inevitable entry of synthetic diamonds and coloured gemstones, he emphasised the need for harmonised protocols and standardisation of testing laboratories to provide consumer with reliable results which will enhance the confidence of the consumer for investment in Jewellery.
Dr. M.D. Sastry, as a panelist explained various aspects of determining colour origin and need for using instrumental detection methods to differentiate natural diamonds from simulants. Five other invited speakers from different institutes presented their views related to trade concerns, challenges, barriers, need for standards and, importance of QA/QC particularly harmonisation of protocols and standardisation of laboratories.
After the meeting, Joint Statement for Establishing the AGA was signed by QA/QC personnel of NGTC, GII, GIT and CGE in the august presence of Directors or chairmen of all the four institutes. Dr. A.V.R. Reddy signed the Joint Statement on behalf of GII.

Display of signed Joint statement.
Signing of the joint statement is the culmination of a series of bilateral meetings, since 2017, between GII, a project of GJEPC, Mumbai and National Gem Testing Center (NGTC), China. Text of the draft statement was prepared by NGTC and GII gave its inputs during a Dinner meeting held on 27th February 2019 in which members from GIT, Thailand and CGE, China participated.
In the side lines of this meeting, a bilateral meeting between Gemmological Institute of India (GII), Mumbai and National Gem Testing Center (NGTC), China was organised on 28th February 2019 during 11-12 AM in the GJEPC booth, HK Convention center, Wan Chai. In this meeting under the leadership of Mr. Bakul Mehta, GII and Mr. Liang Zhenjie, NGTC, progress made so far was reviewed. Discussions centered around exchange of technical expertise, planning exchange of teachers and identifying areas that need urgent attention like technical cooperation for Developing and Promoting harmonised methods,

Dr. A.V.R. Reddy and representaves of GIT, NGTC and CGE signing the Joint Agreement in the august presence of authories and senior colleagues of the four instutes
Asia-Pacific Gemstone and Technology Standardisation Alliance methodologies and standards. Mr. Mehta emphasised the need for evolving of joint certification by NGTC, Mumbai and GII, Mumbai for which NGTC agreed to work on. Shri Gagan Choudary and Dr. A V R Reddy presented to Mr. Zhen jie and Dr. Lixin of NGTC draft copies of “Guidelines for operation of Gems and Jewellery Testing Laboratories” prepared under the guidance of GJEPC. Meeting logistics were made efficiently by Ms. Naheed Sunke.
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