ISLAMABAD  - The Islamabad Women Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) and Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) will sign a MoU to jointly organize training programmes and other activities for socio-economic development of women entrepreneurs.

This was agreed on the occasion of training workshop titled “Gemstone Grading, Treatment and Evaluation” here at PMNH.

The workshop was organized by PMNH (a subsidiary of Pakistan Science Foundation), International Gemological Laboratory, Gems and Gemological Institute of Pakistan (GGIP), Pakistan Association of Petroleum Geologists and Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Speaking on the occasion, WCCI President Samina Fazil saidthe workshop would help boost potential of the participants to develop gems and jewellery industry. She said Pakistan’s gems and jewellery jndustry had immense potential to play its role in economic development and create job opportunities. Fazil stressed the need for adding value to precious stones in order to get their real price.

She said the knowledge gained by the participants would help them increase their professional capabilities and start the business of gems and jewellery.

PMNH Director General Dr. Atta Ul Mohsin highlighted the importance of natural history as the heritage of the past, present and future generations.

Dr Mohsin said, “ During the workshop they learned that the gems and jewellery industry is far behind in terms of technology use due to the absence of a vibrant system.”

He called upon the stakeholders to actively play their role so that the technology might reach the users.

He said 40 persons participated in the workshop and hoped that they would fully utilize the knowledge they got during these three days.

On the occasion, recommendations were formulated to make a strategy for uplifting this important sector of revenue generation and economic development.

During the workshop, the participants were imparted practicaltraining on grading, evaluation and pricing of gemstones as well as their cutting, polishing, faceting and carving.

Experienced gem stone experts from relevant fields shared their professional experience with the participants regarding gemstones, their type, value, identification, classification, gradation, cutting, polishing and pricing.

The workshop also highlighted salient features of the gemstone trade including certain pitfalls as well as the assessment criteria for various gemstones and outline a general pricing strategy for different marketing conditions.