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GJEPC’s CSR Initiative ‘Jewelers for Hope’ Charity Dinner Donates 1 Crore

Beneficiaries for this year’s donation were Indian Army Welfare, Tribal Integrated Development & Education Trust (TIDE) and Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care (SRLC).

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(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI — The Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) through its CSR initiative ‘Jewelers for Hope’ charity dinner raised funds to donate the proceeds towards Indian Army Welfare, Tribal Integrated Development & Education Trust (TIDE) and Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care (SRLC), held on 8th August, Mumbai.

Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC, hosted Jewelers for Hope charity dinner in the presence of guest of honor Mr. Paul Rowley, executive vice president, diamond trading & distribution, De Beers Group; Mr. Evgeny Agureev, director, Alrosa; Mr. Colin Shah, vice chairman, GJEPC; Mr. Milan Chokshi, convener – promotions & marketing, GJEPC and Mr. Mansukh Kothari (convener, national exhibitions, GJEPC) among others.

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Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal said, “Jewelers for Hope” is a platform where gem & jewelry industry comes together to contribute for a common cause. As an industry, we have always contributed generously for the upliftment of the underprivileged. The gem & jewelry industry has been involved in large-scale philanthropic initiatives particularly in the field of primary education, health & hygiene since a long time. This year, we have chosen to support niche areas such as the Indian army welfare, tribal welfare, affordable healthcare and maternal care to the underprivileged. I thank all contributors for coming forward and supporting the Jewelers for Hope initiative.

A fund of Rs 1 Crore was raised from Jewelers for Hope Charity Dinner event and it was evenly distributed to Army Welfare, Tribal Integrated Development & Education Trust (TIDE) and Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care (SRLC) respectively.

Mr. Paul Rowley said, “Diamond does changes lives. Diamond is truly forever, and it reflects love. At De Beers we have always believed in helping in building the society. India is no different from the African nations, where there is abundance of talent and skillsets. Through this initiative we would like to make the society a better place to live.”

Mr. Colin Shah said, “The selection of the three NGOs Army Welfare, Tribal Integrated Development & Education Trust (TIDE) and Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care (SRLC), was a unanimous choice by the GJEPC members. All the three NGOs have done outstanding work for the needy and underprivileged.”

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Bollywood actor and theater personality Boman Irani was the host for the night, who entertained the audience with his great comic style and won the hearts of all for singing the iconic Frank Sinatra’s song My Way.

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WFDB President Urges KP Plenary to Ensure Pro-Active Role for Proposed Permanent Secretariat

It is particularly in facilitating the process of rehabilitation of countries that had previously been found to be non-compliant.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ANREWERP, BELGIUM – World Federation of Diamond Bourses President Ernie Blom has appealed to government representatives attending next week’s Kimberley Process Plenary session in New Delhi, India, to ensure that the new KP Permanent Secretariat that is being set up is given a pro-active role, particularly in facilitating the process of rehabilitation of countries that had previously been found to be non-compliant.

Writing in his President’s Blog on the WFDB website, Blom urges the KP members to follow the spirit of UN Resolution A/71/L.55 of January 2017 so that that the new structure being set up to replace the current Administrative Support Mechanism (ASM) is not reduced to being “a bureaucratic pen-pusher”. Blom says that the Ad Hoc Committee on Review and Reform tasked with the establishment and practical organization of a Permanent Secretariat has put forward a list of functions of the new body that “are only of an administrative nature”.

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This fails to tackle a “structural deficiency in the organization”, he writes, elaborating, “One particular problem that demonstrates this is the process of rehabilitation for countries that had previously been found to be noncompliant.

The reasons for the long process of normalization in these countries is related to poverty and the lack of human and technical capital and the many structural deficits of a country which has been in a conflict.

“For example, while the special teams that are established to follow up the process of rehabilitation do excellent work in developing the internal controls necessary for a Participant to once again become compliant, these are often
voluntary groups with no prior institutional knowledge and therefore lack any consistency in the structures that they implement.”

Unfortunately, the idea that the secretariat “could potentially help to facilitate progress in countries of concern and especially in assisting the Kimberley Process with regard to Participants who had been suspended and who are
resuming participation in the KP is nowhere to be found.”

It will be a pity if the opportunity to create such a body is missed, Blom writes, but concludes: “It is not too late and hopefully the Plenary will do what is needed.”

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Jewelers of America Announces Dates for 2020 National Convention

The convention will feature the theme “2020: Envision”.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced it will host the second annual Jewelers of America National Convention at the InterContinental New York Barclay July 26-28, 2020, during a week when the industry will descend on New York for galas and board meetings. The Convention, with a theme of 2020: Envision, unites Jewelers of America members for impactful presentations and discussions that look to the future of the jewelry retail marketplace.

Engaging Jewelers of America’s network of retailers and supplier businesses, the National Convention will feature two-days of seminars – from experts outside and inside the industry – with a look toward the future of jewelry retail. With compelling keynotes and seminars, attendees get insight on the issues influencing the jewelry industry and solutions to their top-of-mind challenges.

“We were thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received following our inaugural National Convention last year. Our team is hard at work developing a program that will help jewelry businesses successfully grow in 2020. Our membership is diverse and yet they share many of the same business challenges. Through the National Convention, we are striving to provide solutions to those challenges in a variety of ways from education and interactive labs to networking and idea exchanges,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte.

The Convention will also feature unique opportunities for attendees to get hands-on with jewelry, retail tech and diamond detection devices. The Welcome Party will be hosted on the evening of Sunday, July 26, and will feature a Designer Preview where participating designers wear their favorite pieces of jewelry to the cocktail party, display a selection of their jewelry and share the inspirations behind their designs with attendees in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The Diamond Detection and Retail Innovation Labs will bring together leading companies and technologies that can help retailers work more efficiently and increase sales.

To learn more about the Jewelers of America National Convention or to sign up to be notified with updates, including when tickets go on sale, visit www.jewelers.org/convention.

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Bulova Attends 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards

Gifts first-time award winners with special edition timepiece.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Bulova continued to celebrate its partnership with The Latin Recording Academy through its participation as an official sponsor of the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. In the days leading up to and throughout the show, Bulova participated in various activations in celebration of The Biggest Night in Latin Music.

On November 12th, Bulova attended the 2019 Leading Ladies of Entertainment, which honors and recognizes professional and socially conscious women within the arts and entertainment fields who have made significant contributions, inspiring the next generation of female leaders. Bulova gifted special Rubaiyat timepieces to the honorees of the evening including María Elisa Ayerbe, audio engineer and producer, Lila Downs, Latin GRAMMY/GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter and social activist, Luana Pagani, music executive, president & partner of Seitrack US, Dayanara Torres, actress, model, author, and former Miss Universe and Elsa Yep, CFO/executive vice president of operations, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula.

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Prior to the Person of the Year Gala (POTY) on the evening of November 13th, Bulova hosted an intimate moment on the POTY red carpet to honor and celebrate all artists nominated for this
year’s Best New Artist category at the Latin GRAMMY Awards. The artists were welcomed by Gabriel Abaroa, President and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy and Michael Benavente, managing director of Bulova, and presented with a Special Edition Latin GRAMMY timepiece. Following the ceremony, Bulova celebrated the 2019 Person of the Year, Juanes, and presented him with a 24k gold Bulova timepiece.

To represent the brand throughout the entirety of the week’s celebrations, Bulova brought along singer/songwriter and participant in the brand’s Tune of Time series, Mariah, to chronicle her experience. Guests were able to countdown to the awards from an arena countdown clock brought to them by Bulova. The brand also participated in the official gifting lounge in which award show attendees could view and bring home the stunning 2019 Special Edition Latin GRAMMY timepiece by Bulova or piece from the brand’s new Latin GRAMMY jewelry collection.

Finally, for the first time and as an expansion of the brand’s partnership with The Latin Recording Academy, Bulova will gift all first-time Latin GRAMMY Award winners an exclusive Bulova Special Edition Latin GRAMMY timepiece featured in a gold tone stainless steel case with edge to edge modernized crystal and finished on a sleek rubber strap. These first-time winners, including Best New Artist Winner, Nella, will receive their personalized timepiece alongside their official Latin GRAMMY statuettes. The case back of the gifted piece features the winner’s name and category award in which they won.

For additional information of Bulova’s partnership with The Latin Recording Academy visit Bulova.com.

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