The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) is the umprella organization searving the huge Indian diamond and jewelry industry.
Established in 1966, the GJEPC aims to coordinate the efforts of individual exporters to make India's gem and jewellery sector a powerful engine driving India's export-led growth.
The GJEPC is continuously working towards creating a pool of artisans and designers trained to international standards so as to consolidate the Indian jewelry industry and establish it as a prominent global player in the jewelry sector.
With 6,500 members around the country, the GJEPC is primarily involved in introducing Indian gem and jewelry products to the international market and promoting their exports. The Council provides market information to its members regarding foreign trade enquiries, trade and tariff regulations, rates of import duties, and information about jewelry fairs and exhibitions.
The role of GJEPC can be broadly classified in several categories.
It is a trade facilitator, undertaking direct promotional activities like organising joint participation in international jewelry shows, sending and hosting trade delegations, and sustained image building exercises through advertisements abroad, publications and audio-visuals.
The GJEPC also invites countries to explore areas of co-operation in the supply of rough diamonds and rough colored stones as well as offers co-operation in jewelry manufacturing. The Council regularly communicates with Indian Embassies, trade bodies and associations around the world. The GJEPC also organizes seminars, buyer-seller meets, and symposiums.
A crucial area of activity is to provide better interaction and understanding between the trade and the government. It takes up relevant issues with government and agencies connected with exports and submit documents for consideration and inclusion in export-import policy.
It serves as the country's agency for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. It works closely with the government of India and the trade to implement and oversee the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
In training and research, it runs a number of institutes that provide training in all aspects of manufacture and design in Mumbai, Delhi, Surat and Jaipur.
The GJEPC also publishes a number of brochures, statistical booklets, trade directories and a bi-monthly magazine - Solitaire International, which is distributed internationally as well as to its members.
For more information, see: www.gjepc.org