JANUARY 2015

• We received a letter from Mr. Azwar Zawahir of Beauty Gems and Shimla International with regard to a complain of the waiver letter that was granted to exporters, not been enforced now, and we have replied him according the issue.

• We sent a congratulation letter to President of the Democratic Society Republic of Sri Lanka, Hon. Maithripala Sirisena on his election as President of the Country.

• We sent a letter of congratulation to Hon: Ranil Wickramasingha on his appointment as Prime Minister.

• We sent a letter to Hon. Rishard Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry Commerce, bringing to his notice the non implementation of the waiver letter given to dealers carrying goods on consignment Basic for overseas exhibition sale.


FEBRUARY 2015

• We sent a letter to Chairman of EDB with regard to requesting a sponsorship for Jewellery Design Competition 2015.

• We sent a letter of congratulation to Mr. Paddy Withana on his appointment as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

• We sent a letter of congratulation to Mr. Rohantha Athukorala on his new appointment as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

• We sent a letter of congratulation to Mr. Bandula Egodage on his appointment as the Chairman of the Export Development Board.

• We sent a letter of congratulation to Mr. Vajira Naranpanawa on his appointment as the Chairman of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority.

• We had a meeting with Chairman, NGJA and Chairman EDB on the 12th of February 2015 at National Gem and Jewellery Authority with regard to waiver for export of Gem and Jewellery parcels for foreign exhibition. Mr. A.P.Jayarajah, Mr. Ziqufi Ismail, Mr. Muslim Salahudeen, Mr. Ajward Deen, Mr. Altaf Iqbal and Mr. A.H.M.Imthizam attended the meeting.

• We sent a thank you letter to Mr. Vajira Naranpanawa, Chairman, NGJA with regard to the meeting, which was held on 12th of February 2015.

• We sent a thank you letter to Hon. Rishard Bathiudeen, Minister of industry and commerce for taking the initiative to commence a dialogue with regard to the waver for export of Gem and Jewellery parcels for foreign exhibition.

• Mr. Uditha Nawarathna was recruited to be the Assistant Event Coordinator of ICA Congress 2015 - Sri Lanka.

• Our Facet Assistant Coordinator, Mrs. Veronika Mosses has handed over her resignation letter. She will resign end of April 2015. Ms. Roshan Weerarathna call for applications for replacement of Mrs. Veronika.

• We sent a thank you letter to Mr. Bandula Egodage, Chairman, EDB with regard to the meeting which was held on 12th of February 2015.

• We sent a letter of congratulation to Mr. Hasitha Thilakarathne on his appointment as the Chairman of the Laksala.

• We received a reply mail from NGJA with regard to waver for export of Gem and Jewellery parcels for foreign exhibition.

• We sent a letter to Chairman NGJA dated 19th of February 2015 that we are in agreement for the waiver, but, not for the conditions imposed.

• On 22/02/2015, Mr. A.P.Jayarajah, Mr. A.H.M.Imthizam, Mr. Kamil Ismail, Mr. Ajward Deen, Mr. Shazeen Farook and Mr. Ziqufi Ismail met Hon. Kabir Hashim and briefed Him on the issues related to on going dialogue with NGJA, with regard to the Waiver letter for Gem parcels.

• On 10/ 02/2015, Mr. Malik Saddiek and Mr. Jacob of SUBUD House (Land lord) had a discussion with Mr. Ajward Deen and Mr. Ziqufi Ismail regarding the extension of lease of premises. A letter with regard to the discussion held was sent to Mr. Malik Saddik for renew, approval and if agreeable to do a new lease agreement for a period of 3 years.


MARCH 2015

• We sent a letter to Hon. Ravi Karunanayaka, Minister of Finance with regard to the ICA Congress 2015 in Sri Lanka.

• We sent a letter to Hon. Ravi Karunanayaka, Minister of Finance with regard to Export service fee waiver for Gemstones taken to International Exhibition.

• We sent a thank you letter to Hon. Rishard Bathiudeen, Minister of industry and commerce for taking the initiative to commence a dialogue with regard to waver for export of Gem and Jewellery parcels for foreign exhibition.

• We sent a thank you letter to Mr. Bandula Egodage, Chairman, EDB for Assistance and support rendered in helping to resolve the waver for export of Gem and Jewellery parcels for foreign exhibition.

• We sent a thank you letter to Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion with regard to the initiative taken in assisting to seek redress for industry related issue and to arranging meeting with related organization concerned.

• We sent a letter to Mr. Ananda De Silva, Coordinating Secretary to the Hon. Minister of Finance with regard to arrange a meeting with the Hon.Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayaka.

• Letter received from Chairman EDB thanking Mr. Jayarajah for the wishes extended to him for his reappointment as he chairman of the EDB.

• We received a letter from Vogue Jewellery (Pvt) Ltd with regard to use of importer, ineffective and irregular in the assessing of gold karatage by pawnbrokers, banks and leasing institutions in Sri Lanka.

• We sent a letter to Mr. Vajira Narampanawa, Chairman, NGJA with regard to decisions of the meeting held on 25th February 2015 concerning the export service fee with the Minister of Finance.

• We sent a letter to Hon. Ravi Karunanayaka, Minister of Finance with regard to the decisions of the meeting held on 25th February 2015 with NGJA, concerning the export service fee.

• We received a reply letter from SUBUD House, which for the letter sent on 10th February 2015 with regard to renewal of lease agreement.

• We sent a letter to Mr. Vajira Narampanawa, Chairman NGJA with regard to inviting NGJA to join hand with SLGJA in hosting FACETS Sri Lanka 2015, 25th Anniversary show.

• We sent a letter to Mr. Bandula Egodage, Chairman EDB with regard to inviting EDB to join hand with SLGJA in hosting FACETS Sri Lanka 2015, 25th Anniversary show.

• With reference to, the request received from NGJA for resource persons to conduct workshops for the participants of the NGJA SME pavilion at ICA 2015. Mr. Saman Amarasena made a presentation on 25/03/2015 on the topic ICA Congress and its importance to Sri Lanka and Mr. Nawrooz Azmi on 26/03/2015 spoke on the topic of customer attraction through exhibition presentation.

• We received a letter from Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment with regard to discussion on proposed 'Gem City' project in Rathnapura. Mr. A.P.Jayarajah, Mr. Kamil Ismail, Mr. Ziqufi Ismail and Mr. Nawrooz Azmi represented the Association at the meeting held on 23rd of March 2015.

• We sent a reply letter to Vouge Jewelers with regard to use of importer, ineffective and irregular in the assessing of gild karatage by pawn brokers, banks and leasing institutions in Sri Lanka.

• We received a letter from FCCISL with regard to conducing the regional and national policy advocacy forum on 27th and 28th of March 2015. Mr. A.P. Jajarajah represented the Association.

• We sent a letter to Mr. Vajira Narampanawa, Chairman, NGJA with regard to NBT implications on service cutting parcels.

• GIA Classes was held on 17th – 21st , March 2015 at OZO Hotel.


APRIL 2015

• We received a letter from NGJA with regard to discussion on bilateral cooperation concerning operational modalities and responsibilities preceding ICA Congress 2015 Sri Lanka.

• Letter received from Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe appreciating Mr. Jayarajah for the wishes extended to him for his appointment as Prime Minister of the Sri Lanka.

• We sent a mail to Mr. Vajira Narampanawa, Chairman, NGJA, with regard to the SME sector for the Gem show along with the ICA Congress 2015.

• We sent a mail to Mr. Rohan Perera, Director, National Gem and Jewellery Authority with regard to Requesting for the waiver for Shanghai Gem and Jewellery Show exhibitors

(B). Shanghai Gem and Jewellery Show to be held from May 6 – 10, 2015

The following firms registered to take part at the above show.

1. Regal Gems
2. Gem Paradise
3. Batcha Gems
4. Ruby N Sapphire
5. Shehan's (Pvt)Ltd
6. Multi Gems
7. Zam Gems (Pvt) Ltd
8. Ceylon Fine Gems (Pvt)Ltd
9. Buraak Jewels (Pvt)Ltd
10. Furqan Ali and Sons
11. The Jeweller International
12. Hi Line Trading Co.(Pvt) Ltd
13. Khiard Jewellers
14. Zaharan International
15. Crest Gems

(C). Mr. Ziqufi Ismail mentioned that we have received a reply letter from the SUBUD House Building owner regarding the new lease agreement, and Mr. Ziqufi Ismail read out the letter. The lease agreement will be for a period of 3 year. The committee was concerned with the reply letter which we received. Finally, the committee decided to request a draft of the lease agreement for study and approval.

(D). Mr. Ziqufi Ismail tabled his Dubai Show visit post report. Mr. Kamil Ismail said, that Mr. Ziqufi Ismail has done an excellent promotion for the ICA Congress and Facets. He informed the board that ICA Congress Gem Show and Facets show were successfully promoted at the Dubai Show. He reported on the progress of Dubai Show. He said there is a positive response to participation at the show. Mr. Kamil Ismail requested the secretariat to mail the report to the members of Executive Committee.


MAY 2015

• We sent a letter to Mr. Aruna Gunawardana, Chairman, NGJA with regard to his appointment as Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority.

• We received a letter from Assistant High Commission of India with regard to India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) 2015, Mumbai (6th to 10th August, 2015)

• We sent a thank you letter to Mr. Bandula Egodage, Chairman, EDB with regard to having confirmed the EDB contribution towards the expenditure of ICA Congress.

• We sent a letter to Register General, Department of the Registrar of Companies with regard to an Objection to a New Association Name Similar to SLGJA.

• A meeting was held on the 13th of May 2015 with Mr. Aruna Gunawardana, Chairman, NGJA. Our Association was represented by Mr.A.P.Jayarajah, Mr. A.H.M.Imtizam and Mr. Ismath Majeed.

• ICA Congress Sri Lanka 2015 was held from the 15 to 19th May 2015 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel