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Gems and Jewellery council sets $100-bn target by 2025



The All India Gems & Jewellery Domestic Council on Thursday said it has set a target of USD 100 billion by 2025 for the domestic gems and jewellery sector.

At present, the domestic gems and jewellery sector is estimated at USD 75 billion.

“We have launched our Vision 2025 program of USD 100 billion for the indigenous gems and jewellery sector and we plan to add 2 million more jobs in the sector,” the council’s chairman Nitin Khandelwal told reporters on the sidelines of ‘Manthan Gems & Jewellery’ conclave here.

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The market sentiment is improving, according to him, and the council is expecting an increase in demand for gold jewellery due to forthcoming marriage season.

India’s gems and jewellery business is a sterling example of the government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative, contributing around 7 percent of the country’s GDP, according to Khandelwal.

It provides jobs to more than 46 lakh people of the country, thus making significant contribution to the country’s socio-economic framework, he claimed.

The All India Gems & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has drawn up a roadmap for adding 2 million new jobs in the gems and jewellery sector, including 40 percent of the new jobs for women, said Khandelwal.

West Bengal government has already allotted land sized 25,000 sq ft for a gem and jewellery park at Ankurhati, Domjur and Maharashtra government has proposed a gems and jewellery park on a 25-acre land in Navi Mumbai.

“We are also looking at setting up training centres across the country,” he said.

The association hopes to bring 100 percent gems and jewellery trade under the organised platform from 60 per cent at present after successful implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

On the pricing front, Khandelwal said uncertainty has gone up following the trade war between the US and China, resulting in a climb in gold prices.

“Prices are expected to remain firm in the April-June quarter, and may even touch USD 1,450-1,500 a troy ounce. In the domestic market, the gold price is expected to touch Rs 33,000 to Rs 34,000 per 10 grams by mid-2018 from Rs 30,600 at present,” he added.

Courtesy: PTI

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