PAKISTAN– A LAND OF GOLDEN TRADITIONS is blessed with some of the finest quality of precious & semi-precious gemstones to be found in any part of the world. Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Provinces have huge deposits of variety of gemstones which are in great demand in the international markets. Additionally, Pakistan has a rich tradition of jewellery designing and craftsmanship with a unique blend of tradition and novelty. In recent years, Pakistani Gems & Jewellery exporters have successfully tapped markets of modern jewellery in western countries and Middle East by investing in latest production techniques.
Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC) endeavors for the development of Gems & Jewellery industry of the Country from Mine to Market and to enhance its competitiveness internationally by Facilitation, Technology Up-gradation, Skill Development and Marketing/Branding. Its aim is to establish Pakistan as a high value added, internationally competitive, world class hub for precious stone cutting and jewellery manufacturing by means of supporting the value chain and ancillary trades. PGJDC has established Training Centers and Gem Identification and Certification Labs in Karachi, Lahore, Gilgit, Peshawar, Quetta, Muzaffarabad and Sargodha. Two Gem Exchanges one each in Quetta and Peshawar have also been established to provide business opportunities to the traders under one roof. The company has also established Assaying & Hallmarking Centers one each at Karachi and Lahore to analyze and authenticate the precious metal content of the jewellery article.
So far, PGJDC has trained over 10,070 individuals across the country through more than 708 training programs in different cities including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Mehmund Agency, Garam Chashma Chitral, Abbottabad, Nowshehrah, Skardu etc. In order to translate skills into business development very recently entrepreneurship development programs supported by incubation facilities have also been initiated. It would no doubt create employment and income generation opportunities for the sector.
In line with the strategy, the interventions being made by PGJDC are having a significant impact on the development of Gems & Jewellery Industry of Pakistan. The company is acting as a platform for the local talent and creativity to flourish. Continuous reinforcement of Gems and Jewellery Pakistan as a brand has transformed Pakistan’s position in the international regional as well as domestic market. As an integral part of Marketing/Branding efforts, PGJDC has most successfully organized a grand event of international standard, “Pakistan international Gems & Jewellery Exhibition – PIGJE 2012”. Through the development of B2B linkages with the international buyers, the Exhibition was poised to be one of the major contributors to increase export earnings of the Country, targeted to U.S. Dollars 1.5 billion by 2017.
Additionally, in line with the government’s strategy of women empowerment, Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company is providing training to the women of Balochistan irrespective of any gender discrimination, for their technical development in different fields of Gems & Jewellery. The Company staunchly believes in empowerment and equality of women.
A number of training programs, specifically designed for women, covering various areas of Gems & Jewellery have been initiated by the Company in its Gems and Jewellery Training and Manufacturing Center in Quetta Balochistan. Women have been imparted training in the fields of Manual Jewellery Designing, Gemology, Gemstone Processing, Faceting and Carving, Soumak, Patwa and Computer Aided Jewellery Designing at the Quetta Training Center.
Moreover, the Company has also developed an online portal for trading, which is bound to stimulate country’s international trade in the sector and will provide due international exposure to local dealers and traders of Gem & Jewellery. The portal is also in line with company’s philosophy of easing the trade for locals by providing them with sufficient international exposure. A turnkey online trade solution, first of its kind in the industry, is bound to flourish trade and add value to our industry’s international standing.
PGJDC furthermore provides the facility of Computer Aided Manufacturing through Rapid Prototyping machine to local manufacturers of jewellery. The sole purpose of this machine is to aid the manufacturers in making of jewellery with almost 100% precision. A wax mold of the required design is fed into the machine which is imitated by the machine to about 100% precision. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of duplicates the machine can produce. Company rents the machine to jewelers as and when required.