Friday, November 29, 2019

Pramod Kumar Agrawal elected as VP of CIBJO

PUNE (MUMBAI): Pramod Kumar Agrawal, current Chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), has become the first member of the Indian industry to be elected one of the three Vice Presidents of CIBJO (Confeìdeìration International de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, OrfeÌvrerie des Diamants, Perles et Pierres), the World Jewellery Confederation.

He was nominated by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, and the decision was confirmed by the organisation’s General Assembly and Board of Directors, meeting in Bahrain, November 18-20, at the 2019 CIBJO Congress.

Agarwal will serve a two-year term as Vice President alongside Roland Naftule of the United States, a former president of both the International Coloured Gemstone Association (ICA) and the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), as well as a former member of the Board of Governors of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA); and Jonathan Kendall of the United Kingdom, President of both the De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds and De Beers Group Industry Services. At the CIBJO Congress, Dr. Cavalieri was also elected for another term as CIBJO President.

Originally founded in Paris in 1926, CIBJO is a global organisation made up of national jewellery associations from about 45 countries, as well as commercial members who represent several of the largest companies operating in the industry, as well as international organizations. It is the only worldwide body active in all sectors of the greater jewellery industry, along the entire chain of distribution, from mine to marketplace.

CIBJO's purpose is to encourage harmonisation, promote international cooperation in the jewellery industry, and to consider issues that concern the trade worldwide. Foremost among these is to protect consumer confidence. To achieve that, it developed its Blue Book system to advance the goal of universal standards and terminology in the industry. Today it is the most widely used set of industry standards. There are Blue Books for diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls, precious metals, gemmological laboratories, coral and responsible sourcing.


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