NGTC, GII ink deal to enhance gemmological expertise
The Gemmological Institute of India (GII) and China’s National Gem Testing Center (NGTC) have agreed to work together through knowledge sharing in a bid to strengthen their gemmological expertise.
The agreement paves the way for scientific and technical collaboration, particularly knowledge exchange on gemstone testing standards. The collaboration is also seen to help enhance the gemstone and jewellery trade between China and India.
Bakul R. Mehta, chairman of GII, and Ye Zhibin, director of NGTC, signed the Letter of Intent in Beijing on November 9. Other areas of cooperation include training courses, support in acquisition and installation of new equipment, and sample donation.
Mehta commented, “The collaboration will be a step forward in strengthening the trade relations between the two countries especially in the diamond industry. This will boost bilateral diamond exports.”
Praveenshankar Pandya, chairman of GJEPC, said: “China and India play an important role in the global diamond industry with their high-end diamond processing, cutting and polishing services. Exchange of technical expertise and equipment, among others, will not only improve trade between the two countries but help enhance their position in the global market.”