GIS – 6 November 2014: The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) will focus on innovative projects in micro-mechanics for the jewellery, watch and diamond sector, which has a wide scope for development.
At a press held yesterday at NG Tower, Cybercity, Ebène, HRDC Director, Mr. Raj Auckloo, recalled that his organisation has been vested with the responsibility to look after and promote the development of labour force in Mauritius, in line with the requirements of a fast growing economy.
According to him, the jewellery, gems and watches sector has undergone major changes throughout the years and is of growing importance to the Mauritian economy. At the very beginning, this sector consisted mainly of small-scaled operators producing basic jewellery products for the local market but today, some 45 operators are involved in the production of high-end products for worldwide famous brands.
The main strengths of our jewellery industry are quality and craftsmanship. However, to encourage this sector to expand to its full potential, there is a need to upgrade existing skills in the sub sector, said Mr Aukloo. On that score, the availability of qualified technicians is not only crucial for the growth of this sector but it is even more important to attract potential investments in Mauritius
It is one of the sectors that have been identified as having a wide scope for development. The jewellery, watch and diamond sector is composed mainly of fancy, silver, gold, precious stones and diamond manufacturers. They produce several products ranging from fancy handmade chains, gold and platinum rings, watch dials, watch bracelets to swivels, spring rings, clasps and assembly of watch movements.
At present after textiles and apparel and the seafood sector, jewellery, watch and diamond exports is the third main generator of foreign exchange to Mauritius. It represents around 10% of our total exports, contributing more than Rs 5 billion to GDP and employing more than 2000 people directly. The jewellery, watch and diamond exports registered an annual growth of 7.5% in 2013 over 2012 with an export turnover of Rs 4 776 million in 2012 to Rs 5 146 million in 2013.
HRDC has conducted in-house training sessions in some 8-10 medium-sized enterprises whereby training needs were assessed. The training sessions were meant to upgrade the skills of the existing technicians and to assess any further specific training needs in terms of Micro-Mechanics. Working sessions were also held at tertiary education institutions and MITD training centres for young students who are pursuing their studies in Micro-Mechanics and related fields.
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