The CED was tasked by the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, to develop a Sector Growth Strategy for the Namibian Semi- Precious Stones and Jewellery Processing industry. The initiative is seen as a means to spearhead the Government’s Industrial Policy Implementation Framework.
The workshop, which brought together a range of stakeholders who shared knowledge and experiences on value chain-based analyses and industrial development, was attended by representatives of the Finnish Partnership for Local Democracy, Development and Social Innovation (PLDDSI) and the Swedish-based Kristallen AB. Participants also investigated other issues relating to the Semi-Precious Stones and Jewellery Processing industry, such as identifying and defining the challenges it faces.
The CED has a wealth of experience in the Semi-Precious Stones and Jewellery Processing industry as it is responsible for the administration of the Gemstone Centre in Keetmanshoop which is supported by the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, the PLDDSI and Kristallen AB, and provides training in gemmology and jewellery design as well as trade opportunities for small scale miners.