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Delegation to Italy 6-11 November 2006

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Leader of Delegation
Shri Pankaj Parekh
Convener, Easter Region

Shri Arvind Pradhan
Executive Director 

Shri Pramod Agarwal
Shri Santosh Kala
Shri Narendra Jain
Shri Krishna Goyal
Shri Bithal Maheshwari
Council Co-ordinator for Europe

A 7 member delegation led by Shri Pankaj Parekh, Chairman, Eastern Region; Shri Arvind Pradhan, Executive Director; Shri Pramod Agarwal; Shri Santosh Kala ; Shri Narendra Jain; Shri Krishna Goyal and Shri Bithal Maheshwari visited Italy from 6 th to 11 th November 2006. The delegation was part of the business delegation organized by FICCI, which was led by the Hon'ble Commerce Minister. Meetings of the delegation were organized by FICCI up to Vicenza and thereafter the Council had organized its own delegation and meetings at Arezzo & Valenza.The delegation had meetings with Dott. Pietro Faralli, President of Camera di Commercio Industria, Arezzo, Mr. Giordano Malfermo, Board Member, Chamber of Commerce, Vicenza, Mr. Bruno Gurona, President, Vicenza Association. The delegation was also hosted by Deputy Mayor of Vicenza Mr. Pietro Magaddine.

During the meetings, the Italian businessmen evinced keen interest to collaborate with India in the gems & jewellery sector. They were, however, apprehensive about the duty structure and felt that the basic import duty of 12.5% on import of jewellery is on the higher side compared to 2.5% in Italy . They were also interested to know details of incentives offered by India in terms of special schemes and procedures for SEZs, EOUs, FTZs etc. An issue which was brought up by them was regarding the certification/hall marking by BIS. They were of the view that the BIS Certification procedure should be simplified to ensure that accredited companies can hallmark the jewellery and only sample check may be undertaken by laboratories.

Mr. Bruno Gurona, President of the Valenza Association felt that though collaboration is a good proposal but the problem of displacement of their workers could not be wished away. His constant refrain was that in Valenza over 150 factories produce high quality jewellery and if they are re-located then what would happen to their workers. This problem had already been faced by them when relocation took place towards China . It was further discussed that perhaps for mass produced items they may consider relocating to India . The Italian industry was quite frank in admitting that India is the only competitor in creativity for Italy and not China .

Shri Pankaj Parekh, leader of the delegation suggested that the Italians may consider looking at India for collaboration for mass production of goods. They may depute their supervisors to Indian factories and get more production at cheaper rate. Mr. Antonio Zucchi, President, Uno Avre felt that India is number one in jewellery production but quality wise Italy is better. He was also concerned about the bureaucratic procedure and lack of information on various schemes. Mr. Pietro Faralli, President, Industria, Arezzo felt that a delegation from Italy may visit India some time during March-April 2007 for direct one to one meeting with the Indian manufacturers for exploring joint ventures.

The delegation also met Shri Ravi Thapar, Consulate General of India, Milan and it was felt that the initiative developed by the visit of this delegation for collaboration can be further developed by opening of an office in Milan which can follow up the efforts put in by he delegation as well as organize space in Vicenza Fair and the participation of Italy in IIJS.

It was also noted during the visit to the Chamber of the Commerce Vicenza and meeting with Clara Bergomi, Vicenza Fair Authorities that the Vicenza Fair which is at present a Public and Private partnership shall soon be made into a private limited company and has plans to add 2 new pavilions of 20 thousand and 12 thousand sq. mts. Once these halls are available some time during early 2008 they shall provide more space for Indian participants.

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