Pakistan to study Sri Lankaâ€™s gem industry techniques
DELEGATION: A Pakistani delegation is due to arrive shortly in
Sri Lanka to study this countryâ€™s experience in developing Pakistanâ€™s
gem and jewellery industry.
Meeting: Pakistan High Commissioner Shahzad A. Chaudhry at a
meeting with Minister Mano Wijeratne.
Arrangements have been made to brief the delegation on the industryâ€™s
different aspects such as gem mining, cutting and polishing and
jewellery manufacture during the visit, according to National Gem and
Jewellery Authority Chairman Hasitha Tillekeratne.
He said this at a discussion with the Pakistan High Commissioner in
Sri Lanka Shahzad A. Chaudhry. This follows a recent meeting the High
Commissioner had with Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion
Minister Mano Wijayaratna.
At the meeting the HC stressed the need for the assistance of Sri
Lankaâ€™s state and private sector in developing Pakistanâ€™s gem and
jewellery industry. Various facilities provided under one roof to gem
traders here, drew Chaudhryâ€™s special attention.
Pakistanâ€™s gem and jewellery industry is still largely at a
developing stage. Sri Lankan expertise is expected to play a major role
in improving various aspects of the industry in that country.
The others who participated in the meeting between NGJA Chairman and
the Pakistan HC were Senior Manager, Export Promotion NGJA, Ajith Perera,
Senior Valuer Gemmologist Upali Nandalal and Manager Assaying S. C.