KP to get Gemstone lab soon; Belgium organisation to train locals

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Staff Reporter
Peshawar

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would soon get international standard Gemstone certification, cutting, polishing, and training laboratory to be established on 32 kanals of land already available with the Minerals’ department.

It was informed during a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Governor KP Shah Farman regarding the establishment of Gemstone Laboratory and Technical Training Center in the province for recognition of national gems at the international level besides the development of the gemstone industry.

The meeting discussed in detail the selection of land for setting up of Gemstone Laboratory as per world standards, installation of modern machinery for cutting and polishing of gemstone, and training of persons associated with this sector.

It was decided in the meeting that 32 kanals of land already available with the Minerals Department would be utilized for setting up Gemstone Laboratory after getting formal approval from the Provincial Cabinet.

The lab would be set up in collaboration with IBL, the world-renowned Belgian organization HRD in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for international certification, cutting, polishing, and training of gemstones of the province, the governor said adding that the initiative would not only give global recognition to the gemstones of the province but also the gemstone industry.

HRD would arrange training of the local people in cutting and polishing from famous trainers from Belgium. The Belgium company would also provide modern machinery in the establishment of the Gemstone Laboratory.