Sugrive Meena, Commissioner of Customs, Jaipur inaugurated the IRGSS show in the presence of industry stakeholders on August 31. The show which features an assortment of rough emeralds displayed by the Gemfields-owned Kagem Mining Limited, Zambia, will end on September 20.
Sugrive Meena, Commissioner of Customs, Jaipur said, “The GJEPC deserves congratulations for successfully organising the sixth edition of IRGSS. The platform has simplified rough sourcing for our manufacturers without requiring them to visit the globe. You can always expect full support from the Customs Department when organising such events. I believe that in addition to emeralds, we should also import other precious stones such as rubies, which would aid in the development of the ruby industry in Jaipur.
Vipul Shah, chairman of the GJEPC, stated, “First hosted during the epidemic, IRGSS became an essential platform for manufacturers to source rough during lockdowns, and it remains so as the rising demand from key markets need simple access and a consistent supply of rough. The colour gemstone industry is thriving. For the period of April to July 2022, Coloured Gemstones exports increased 44% year-over-year to Rs. 938.06 crores (+37.37% in currency terms to US$ 120.88 million).
The opening ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including Shri J.P. Meena, Adl. Commissioner of Customs, Smt. Anupama Saksena, Asst. Commissioner of Customs (ACC), Shri Nirmal Kumar Bardiya, Regional Chairman-Rajasthan, GJEPC, Shri B.N. Gupta Convener Synthetic Stones, Costume Fashion Jewellery and Sales to Foreign Tourists;, GJEPC,, Shri Krishna Goyal, Convener, Silver Jewellery Panel, GJEPC, Shri Vijay Kedia, Former Convener, Coloured Gemstones Panel, GJEPC, Shri Rambabu Gupta, Former, GJEPC CoA, Shri Gopal Kumar, Director, Gemfields India Pvt. Ltd.; and Shri Nitin Khandelwal, Deputy Director, GJEPC.