China enthusiastic on partnering gem industry
By Shabiya Ali Ahlam
The Chinese gem and jewellery industry yesterday expressed keen interest in establishing a long-term partnership with Sri Lanka for the sourcing of high quality stones.
Head of the Coloured Gemstone and Jewellery Chamber of Commerce Guangzhou and Guangdong Golden Jewellery and Jade Industry Association, who separately led two delegations of a total of 80 members for the FACETS 2014 exhibition, expressed that the main purpose of their visit to Sri Lanka was to establish business relationships with local players.
Pointing out there is significant demand for coloured stones in China and they are always on the lookout for suppliers, Coloured Gemstone and Jewellery Chamber of Commerce Guangzhou Executive President Wang Hai Jin said: “Since Sri Lanka is one of the main coloured stones producing countries, we find it will be an excellent partner since it can give us very good sources of raw materials. It is the link for us to deal with people in the coloured stone business from mining to eventually selling stones to us.”
Jin added that within the following days his team is keen on finding partners who can provide high quality stones at the best prices.
Sharing similar sentiments, Guangdong Golden Jewellery and Jade Industry Association President Yang Zhao Guang noted that while the nation not only produces the best gemstones in the world and also creates a trading channel, it is a “first class” platform and has excellent terms and an environment that is appealing to the Chinese gem business segment.
“We strongly believe that between our countries this is an excellent beginning to work together to achieve our common goals, complementary of our advantages, communication and sharing of our information and mutual developments of our business,” expressed Guang.