Gem and Jewellery institutes coming together under one umbrella to form Asia-Pacific Gemstone and Technology Standardisation Alliance (AGA).

ing AGANGTC is organising  a  half day open Forum meeting  Win-Win on 28th afternoon with CIBJO, GIT, GII, CGL, DFHK, GHK and HKIG as corganisers. NGTC  invited many experts from many institutes to talk or present views in Win-Win. For the first time, an effort is being made  to bring Asia-pacific countries under one umbrella. The idea was seeded through bilateral meetings between NGTC and GII, and is progressively evolving. This meeting consists of  three sessions and each session begins with a lead invited talk followed by panel discussion. The topics of lead talks in the three session are 1. Challenges of Interntional Trade, 2. Uniform rules and International Jewellery Industry and 3. Prospects for International standardisation in Asia-pacific and China. Besides, panelists will cover various areas that are of current concern like trade discipline, consumer confidence, technical barriers to trade, laboratory standards, gemological research, harmonisation of protocols, protection of  consumer interest and specific measures, in the three sessions.  Shri Bakul R Mehta, Chairman. GII will present his views on “The challenges of international Jewellery Trade”as an invited speaker In the first session .Dr.M.D. Sastry and Dr.A.V.R. Reddy of GII are invited experts to express views in various panel discussions.

In the side lines of this meeting two satellite meetings are arranged. The first one is a bilateral meeting between Gemmological Institute of India (GII), Mumbai and National Gem Testing Center (NGTC), China that is scheduled   on 28th February 2019 during 11-12 AM in HK Convention center, Wan Chai. Both GII and NGTC are two of the oldest institutes in Asia  and are providing much needed formal training in Gemmology, gem testing & certification and  carrying out  R&D in Gemmology and Jewellery. Both these institutes continue to render yeomen  services in these areas and have forged alliance by entering into an Agreement with an LOI during November 2017 in Beijing, China. This alliance is aimed at  promoting developments of standards, evolving harmonised procedures, standardisation of laboratories with internationally acceptable prototocols etc., and with a final goal of formation  of Asia-Pacific Gemstone and Technology Standardisation Alliance (AGA). In this meeting under the leadership of Mr.Bakul Mehta, GII and Mr. Liang Zhenjie, NGTC,  progress made so far will be reviewed. The main Agenda for discussions centers 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, methodologies and standards. An effort will be made to look into feasibility of joint certification by NGTC , Mumbai and GII, Mumbai as a first step, and arrive at a draft road map.

The second one is to to work out modalities and modus operandi for the formation of  AGA in the evening of 27th February 2019. Meanwhile,  a laudable initiative by NGTC resulted in a draft template for establishing AGA and NGTCinvited The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thai (GIT) to join NGTC and GII for this meeting.