China’s NGTC & GII Sign Technical Collaboration Agreement
Mumbai-based Gemmological Institute of India (GII) and National Gem Testing Center (NGTC), China, two leading institutes working in research and development in gemmology, gem and diamond testing, have entered a historical agreement for developing and promoting various technical and trade-related aspects concerning the diamond industry. The agreement was signed by Bakul Mehta, chairman of GII, and Ye Zhibin, director of NGTC, at Beijing, China, on November 9th.
The agreement will pave the way for building scientific and technical collaboration, mutually exchanging gem expertise and grading standards, and utilising this expertise in service to the gem and jewellery industries in both countries. GII and NGTC will also share knowhow on training courses and support the acquisition and installation of new materials and equipment.
Mehta stated, “The collaboration will be a step forward in strengthening the trade relations between the two countries, especially in the diamond industry. This will give a fillip to the export of diamonds from India to China. The collaboration agreement is aimed at bringing ease in doing business for trading communities of both countries.”
Praveenshankar Pandya, chairman of GJEPC, said, “China and India play an important role in the world diamond industry by offering their high-class diamond processing, cutting and polishing services. Exchange of technical expertise, equipment and other aspects would not only improve trade between both countries, but also help in improving their stand in the global market.”
The signing ceremony was preceded by 2017 China International Academic Conference arranged by NGTC. Dr. M.D. Sastry, head R&D, GII, was invited to give a talk on ‘Spectroscopy of natural and synthetic diamonds, powerful diagnostic methodology for detection of synthetic diamonds.’ Bakul Mehta and Ye Zhibin signing the agreement in Beijing on November 9th.