RCCI to hold 2nd Gems and Jewelry Expo on August 23

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) is going to organize three day 2nd Gems and Jewelry exhibition on August 23-25 in Islamabad.

RCCI President Malik Shahid Saleem said that the exhibition would provide opportunity to the businessmen to showcase the best of Pakistani gemstones, diamonds, jewellery, watches and mineral specimens from across the country.

Giving details, the RCCI chief said that the main purpose of this expo was to attract foreign investment in non-conventional sectors like Gems and Jewelry and to promote small and medium enterprise (SME). There will more than 60 stalls of different items including precious stones, gems, ornaments and silver, gold and diamond jewelry. B2B conference will also be held on the sidelines of the Expo.

Pakistan always focused on traditional sectors to increase exports, however, we must look for new opportunities and sectors like Gems and Jewelry to attract foreign investment as countries like Thai land, Sri Lanka and Central Asian states have shown interest, he added.

He also mentioned that Pakistan is rich in natural resources of gems and stones. The mineral-laden mountains in Pakistan have rich natural resources. The Country is home to numerous arrays of gemstones he informed.

Similarly, our workers and experts are also skillful. The Government should come forward and add incentives here to reduce taxes on import of machinery and other raw material used in this sector, he further added.

Malik Shahid Saleem informed that Pakistan has enormous wealth of expensive gems such as ruby, emerald, tourmaline, garnet, topaz, peridot, aquamarine, spinel, pargasite, diopside, moonstone, pink topaz, sapphire, zircon, feldspar, agate, serpentine jade, epidote, pink beryl (morganite), purple beryl, sphene, zoisite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and kunzite etc