Govt moving for global recognition of precious stones: KP Governor

Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman on Monday presided over a high-level meeting regarding establishment of Gemstone Laboratory and Technical Training Centre in the province for recognition of precious gemstone at international level besides development of gemstone industry. 

The meeting discussed in detail selection of land for setting up of Gemstone Laboratory as per world standards, installation of modern machinery for cutting and polishing of gemstone and training of persons associated with this sector. 

It was decided in the meeting that 32-kanal land already available with the Minerals Department would be utilised for setting up of Gemstone Laboratory after getting formal approval from the provincial cabinet. 

The lab would be set up in collaboration with IBL, the world-renowned organisation HRD Antwrep Belgium in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for international certification, cutting, polishing and training of gemstones of the province, the Governor said adding that the initiative would not only give global recognition to the gemstones of the province but also the gemstone industry. 

HRD Antwrep would arrange training of the local people in cutting and polishing from famous trainers from Belgium and would also provide modern machinery for cutting and polishing of gemstone in the laboratory. 

It was informed during the meeting that precious stones of the province would also be recognised by the Global Diamond Club after the certification. It was informed that India exported $80 billion precious stones annually while India’s potential for gemstones was very low as compared to Pakistan. Presently, Pakistan is at top of the list of countries with best quality gemstones while Brazil is the only country that can compete with Pakistan in the field. 

Governor Shah Farman said that unfortunately no steps were taken in the past to develop the gemstone industry, adding instead of selling our precious stones at exorbitant prices, the provincial government would give them global recognition through the Gemstone Laboratory. He directed departments concerned like Industry, Minerals and the Gemstone and Gemological Institute to take joint actionable steps for establishment of the laboratory so that no dispute of any kind could arise between the concerned agencies. 

The meeting was attended besides others by Principal Secretary to Governor Idrees Khan, Secretary Minerals Department Nazar Hussain, Secretary Industry Department Javed Marwat, Director Gems and Gemological Institute Naveed Saud, Group Managing Director IBL Nadeem Ahmad and other officials.

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