The first “India Global Connect” virtual B2B meeting, which connected the Indian and UK gems and jewellery industries, took place on September 28, 2020, supported by the Indian High Commission in London.
The aim of the meeting, organised by India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), which brought together senior trade figures from the Indian and UK industries, was to explore ways to boost bilateral trade.
The meeting was timely, due to the digital transformation now taking place in the gem and jewellery industries, accelerated by the pandemic, combined with the new challenges created by Brexit, which heightens Britain’s need to develop its bilateral trade ties.
The UK is the ninth largest market for Indian gem and jewellery exports. India is a top five global supplier of gems and jewellery.
The GJEPC is in the vanguard of developing new technologies to facilitate digital gems and jewellery trade, having organised so-called Virtual Buyer Seller Meetings bringing together Indian suppliers and international buyers in virtual rooms.
The call was moderated by Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough.