Mumbai, January 18
India’s gems and jewellery sector has been contributing in a big way to the country’s foreign exchange earnings and the government has viewed this sector as a thrust area for export promotion, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday.
“Therefore, the government allows 100 per cent foreign direct investment in this sector. Today, the country exports $35 billion gem and jewellery annually and is one of the largest exporters in the world, catering to top markets such as the US, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East, Russia, and other countries,” the minister said.
At the inaugural ceremony of five-day e-IGJS (International Gem and Jewellery Show) organised by Gem Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the minister stated that the trade fair at an ideal time as demand for gems and jewellery from all of the major markets is picking up with the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19, which has already started in India.
However, the digital media was going to continue as a new way of doing business, he added.
The GJEPC chairman Colin Shah said the country was also the largest manufacturing centre for emeralds and morganite; and GJEPC has also witnessed a huge demand for Indian silver jewellery over the past few years.
“We are focused to become the world’s preferred source of fine jewellery and increase our exports from the current $35 billion to $75 billion in the next few years,” he added.
Shah further said the industry had been able to cater to the demand of the buyers for the festive holiday season in the western countries, which has helped the sector to recover to the pre-COVID-19 levels of business in the last two months.
The jewellery park in Mumbai would further elevate India’s jewellery manufacturing standards to serve the international markets, he added.
Over 500 international buyers, including independent retail, wholesale change design houses jewellery brands from 50 countries are attending the show.
e-IGJS, which will conclude on January 22, has 74 buyers from the USA followed by 47 buying companies from the UK. PTI