FPCCI for establishing more institutes of gems & gemology in KP
PESHAWAR: Vice President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Qaiser Khan Daudzai on Monday demanded the federal and Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to establish more institute of gems and gemological to promote gems exports.
There are abundant natural resources of gemstones in KP, he said adding that this sector has been neglected both by the federal and provincial governments as well for the last several years.
Qaiser Khan Daudzai further said that due to inadequate facilities of laboratories for cutting and polishing of the raw and semi-precious stones, our traders are deprived of the actual price of the gems, said a press release.
Exporters are selling raw stones to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Western European countries, East Asian countries and USA who further sell it after cutting and polishing our raw stones and getting their real market prices in international markets.
He urther said that Gems and Gemological Institute of Pakistan was established in 2001 with the collaboration of government and it was working under the patronage of All Pakistan Commercial Exporter Association (APCEA) up to 2009. He pointed out that the government had taken over GGIP in 2009 and thereafter it started to lose its effectiveness.
Qaiser Khan Daudzai said that GGIP is the important national asset and need of the people of KP. He urged the government to hand over GGIP to APCEA through provincial government for its better out-put for the benefit of gems sector of KP.
He further suggested to establish more gems and gemological Institutes in Gilgit and Swat to facilitate the people of KP to get trained and to produce value addition in the raw stones. It will not only increase employment in KP but also will lead to increase of country’s export, he added. – APP