Day-to-day operations of the analytics office shown on a site visit
The Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, today paid a site visit to the Analysis Office, Ken Lee Tower in Port Louis. The purpose of the visit was to present the daily activities of the Office, as well as the services it offers to the public.
The director of the control office, Mr YKP Lucknauth, and other personalities were also present during the site visit.
In a statement after the on-site visit, Minister Bholah pointed out that the jewelry sector consists of some 555 registered jewelers and about 635 retail stores employing 2,457 workers. He indicated that the export of jewelery currently generates some Rs 4 billion in revenue and, with the entry into activity of new dealers, this sector, which operates under the Jewelery Act 2007, is expected to develop and generate more income for the country.
Speaking of the control office, the Minister stressed that its objectives are to ensure that the jewelry industry operates within the existing legal framework and to protect the interest of consumers when buying and selling jewelry. The analytical bureau, he pointed out, also aims to build consumer confidence in the jewelry industry while providing them with consistent jewelry certification and grading services by maintaining the highest level of integrity and ethics.
Minister Bholah also dwelt on the scientific and technical aspect of the work carried out by some 25 employees of the control office, who have received advanced training in their respective fields in order to preserve the integrity of the sector.
For his part, Mr. Lucknauth pointed out that the Control Office, under the aegis of the Ministry of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, offers a range of services to jewelers, individuals and institutions. Office staff, he pointed out, also carry out inspections at jewelery shops on the island to ensure that jewelery sold to the public is of good quality.
It is recalled that the Control Office was established in 1993 under the Jewelery Act 1990. This law was repealed and replaced by the Jewelery Act 2007. The Bureau has a regulatory function by ensuring compliance with the Jewelery Act 2007, which provides for: and control of the manufacture, sale and importation of gold, silver and platinum jewellery, among others; and verification and grading of precious and semi-precious stones.
The Analysis Bureau operates two laboratories, namely: the Analysis Laboratory, for the analysis of gold, silver and platinum jewelry and their alloys, which is the first public laboratory to be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited with MAURITAS; and the Gemological Laboratory, for the verification and classification of precious and semi-precious stones.
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