China’s NGTC & GII Sign Tech­ni­cal Col­lab­o­ra­tion Agree­ment

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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.

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