Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...

25 october 2021

Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

11 october 2021

Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

04 october 2021

Work hard and you will find success

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27 september 2021

GJEPC contributes $7.5 mln to fund livelihood of daily wage workers of g&j industry & other Government initiatives to fight COVID-19

27 march 2020

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India has contributed $ 7.5 mln to help the needy workers of the industry and also fund the Government’s initiatives impacted by COVID-19, according to a press release from GJEPC.
Pramod Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC said, “In our endeavour to combat the situation caused by COVID-19, GJEPC, from its own reserves, has decided to contribute Rs. 50 crores towards several welfare initiatives to be undertaken in the current scenario. We have braved many turmoils and this time will be no different. This is the time to show solidarity towards our Nation and our Industry.”
GJEPC has pledged to serve the Nation and in particular the Indian Gem & Jewellery Industry in every possible manner. 
It has appealed to all its members to take care of their employees during the lockdown period; contributed a sum of $ 7.5 mln from its own reserves to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Industry and Nation at large; the fund will be utilised to aid the Daily Wage Workers employed in Industry whose livelihood is directly impacted by COVID-19; The contributed fund will also be used for funding specific initiatives undertaken by Government.
Colin Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC said, “We are thankful to the Government for announcing certain waiver in compliance and tax filings to mitigate the woes of all industries. We have also represented to the Honourable Finance Minister and to Hon’ Commerce Minister with measures that need to be implemented to revive the Indian gem & jewellery industry from this crisis.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished