About Us

Vision Statement

"To make India the preferred source for quality gems and jewellery."

Mission Statement

"To enable every individual associated with the Indian gems and jewellery industry to achieve their full potential."

Leading From the Front

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) was set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India in 1966. It was one of several Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) launched by the Indian Government, to boost the country's export thrust, when India's post-Independence economy began making forays in the international markets. Since 1998, the GJEPC has been granted autonomous status.

The GJEPC is the apex body of the gems and jewellery industry and today it represents over 7,000 exporters in the sector. With headquarters in Mumbai, the GJEPC has Regional Offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Surat and Jaipur, all of which are major centres for the industry. It thus has a wide reach and is able to have a closer interaction with members to serve them in a direct and more meaningful manner.

Over the past decades, the GJEPC has emerged as one of the most active EPCs, and has continuously strived to expand its reach and depth in its promotional activities as well as widen and increase services to its members.

Promotional Activities

As its name suggests, the primary goal with which the GJEPC was set up was to promote the Indian gem and jewellery industry and its products.

Over the years, various promotional activities undertaken by the GJEPC have significantly and positively impacted the increase of exports of gems and jewellery from India. Overall exports have risen from $28 million in 1966-67 when GJEPC was first set up to almost $40 billion in 2018-19.

The GJEPC's promotional activities include organising a number of important trade shows held in the country like the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) Premiere, IIJS Signature, and the India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME). IIJS Premiere is the largest gems and jewellery fair in the country and among the top three internationally. It attracts visitors and buyers from all across India and the world. IIJS Signature, a smaller-scale version of the IIJS Premiere, was set up as a boutique show and has gone on to develop its own niche. IGJME, a more recent addition to the bouquet of shows, filled in an important gap – a trade fair completely devoted to technology – thereby enabling companies of this large manufacturing centre to access the cutting-edge developments in the field in a convenient manner.

On the international front, the GJEPC also organises India Pavilions, which witness the participation of a number of companies under the GJEPC banner, at various leading international shows like JCK Las Vegas, Basel, Vicenzaoro, the Hong Kong Show and several others worldwide.

Various region-specific Buyer-Seller Meets and delegations to important gems and jewellery centres in other parts of the world are some of the other trade promotion activities undertaken by the Council.

These are the events through which the abilities and capabilities of the India Centre have been showcased effectively and prominently.

The Council produces a spectrum of published and digital material both as part of its various activities (mentioned above) as well as standalone publications. These include the magazine of GJEPC, various brochures and event-specific publications and microsites for all its main activities, events, projects and some films about the industry and the Council. The body also advertises its activities and highlights the industry in the international media throughout the year.

Government Liaison & Representation

As the singular apex body of the gems and jewellery export industry in India, the GJEPC is the voice of the industry, taking its issues to the government and seeking appropriate measures for resolving them.

It also makes representations to the Government of India from time to time for policy intervention and to shape the EXIM policy of the country. It plays an advisory role when the Government calls upon it for information or advice on matters related to the gems and jewellery industry internationally.

The GJEPC also represents the industry to various other administrative and other government bodies.

It has been mandated by the Government of India as the nodal agency for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), and plays a key role in maintaining the data and paperwork of the flow of all diamonds certified as "conflict-free" going in and out of the country.

Fostering Industry Development

A crucial aspect of the GJEPC's functioning relates to various measures undertaken to upgrade, upskill and generally improve the industry's standards and products.

The Council has set up various institutes across the country, foremost among them the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) imparting international quality courses for training artisans and designers for this industry.

The various gemmological institutes under its umbrella like the Gemmological Institute of India (GII), Mumbai; the Gem Testing Laboratory, Jaipur; the Indian Gemmological Institute, New Delhi; and the Indian Diamond Institute, Surat, undertake research, training and certification activities.

Regular seminars and conferences are organised by the Council to impart knowledge about latest developments or issues in related fields. From time to time, the Council has also undertaken campaigns and held seminars to encourage companies to follow the highest standards in business practices and ethics, thereby maintaining the best principles of corporate governance in the industry.

The India Gem & Jewellery Awards has over the years become a recognition of achievement and excellence for the leading companies within the industry and has spurred others to improve their performance. New categories like Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Digital Initiative, and Most Socially Responsible Company introduced recently have kept the Awards categories relevant and up to date with the current environment.

In order to encourage artisans, craftsmen and designers to aspire for ever greater heights in innovation and design creativity, the Council has been holding an annual design competition The Artisan Awards. These Awards celebrate the highest levels of art, creativity and innovation by honouring the best talent in jewellery design and elevating designers to their rightful status of artists.

The Council's Design Inspirations initiative is an effort to understand the future trends in the major gem and jewellery consuming markets, mainly India, USA and Europe. Design Inspirations offers a holistic view about the fast-changing industry and provides insights on designing products as per the latest trends in the global markets.

The GJEPC has launched its own CSR activity – Jewellers for Hope – with an annual charity dinner gala, which makes a sizeable donation to NGOs every year.

Setting up Common Facility Centres (CFCs) across India is another initiative of GJEPC. So far, the Council has set up four CFCs in Gujarat. The objective is to facilitate the industry, especially the MSMEs, with access to modern machines and tools at affordable prices.

GJEPC launched MyKYC Bank for ensuring total transparency in operations. MyKYC Bank is a centralised KYC repository-cum-exchange platform for the gems and jewellery industry. All industry participants can update their own KYC information and documents on a single window and subsequently share the same with their trading partners. Banks lending to a company if registered in the portal, would have all information about the company they are lending to, including its subsidiaries.

GJEPC launched Parichay Card with an objective to create a verified and well-crafted database for gem and jewellery workers to provide them better job opportunities, financial support from banks and financial institutions and better healthcare services through a specially designed smart card. This card not only gives the workers a valid proof of their employment or identity but would also make them eligible for various initiatives.

All Parichay Card holders are also given an optional health insurance cover for themselves and their family (spouse and two children) by paying just 25% of the premium. The remaining 75% of the premium will be paid through a specially created fund called Swasthya Kosh.

GJEPC's health insurance initiative, Swasthya Ratna, launched pan-India in 2015, enrols employees and their families working in all GJEPC member companies. The primary objective is to improve access of identified workers and their families to quality medical care for treatment of diseases involving hospitalisation through an identified network of health care providers. Besides affordable premiums, the Council also contributes to the premium amount.

Through its various functions and activities, the GJEPC helps create a flourishing business atmosphere to provide a boost for gems and jewellery exports by facilitating an enabling environment through its interaction with the Government and other agencies and bodies; by creating awareness and branding of the Indian industry and its products in India and abroad; and by providing the necessary inputs for both the industry and its product to keep developing and improving.

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