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Substantial gemstone resources are found in most APO member economies, presenting an opportunity for industry growth. Countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are well-known gemstone producers. Thailand reported that gems and jewelry products (excluding gold) generated USD8 billion, accounting for 2.8% of total export value in 2022. Pakistan has the fifth-largest reservoirs of gemstones globally, including rubies and emeralds and the abrasive agent corundum. However, this industry faces challenges including inadequate cutting/ polishing techniques, a shortage of skilled artisans, lack of supportive policies and business environments, and insufficient access to major gemological labs for affordable testing. Despite the global trend toward ethical, sustainable jewelry, a gap persists in understanding these concepts on the production side.
This workshop is designed to address these issues by providing knowledge of techniques and technologies to reduce waste, enhance product quality, and align with international standards.
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