first_imgThailand’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Tourism & Sports have launched the “Buy With Confidence” program, in collaboration with leading Thai jewellery retailers to issue certification of quality and standard of Thai gems and jewellery.The new initiative is aimed at providing reassurances to international consumers, when they purchase gems and jewellery in Thailand, that they can ‘buy with confidence’ and accreditation. Minister of Commerce, Sontirat Sontijirawong, says that the Thai gem and jewellery industry is one of the key industries in the country, ranking third in exports after automotive and computers, and generating 435 billion baht in exports. Foreign tourists are key buyers of gem and jewellery products, with approximately 35.38 million tourists visiting Thailand in 2017.The Ministry of Commerce has assigned The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand, or GIT, to carry out the Buy With Confidence (BWC) program, according to government policy through the certification issued by GIT.“GIT’s facilities include a world-class gem and jewellery laboratory that is supervised by the Thai government,” said Commerce Minister, Sontirat Sontijirawong. “Staffed with highly experienced gemologists and equipped with the world’s most advanced instruments, GIT’s services are trustworthy and widely recognised in the worldwide industry. Consumers can be confident that every piece of jewellery certified by GIT is trustworthy and is qualified according to the accompanying Gem and Jewellery Certification document. The institute has selected gem, gold and jewellery shops and businesses that pass the qualifying standards to participate as members of the program. Currently nearly 140 companies have applied for membership to this program, with 68 passing the initial standard. In 2018, GIT aims to expand membership of the BWC program to 500 companies, targeting cities such as Bangkok, Chanthaburi and other key tourist destinations.”If any issue should arise between buyers and shops in the BWC program, buyers may make a complaint at hotline 1166 (Office of the Consumer Protection Board) 1155 (Tourist Police Bureau) or 1569 (Department of Internal Trade) which are partners of the institute. jewellerythailandlast_img

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