The Union Minister of Commerce, Industry & Textiles Shri Anand Sharma has called for institutional linkages between the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the diamond facilities in India, specifically in the areas of diamond and gem stone grading and sorting; research and development; certification; & cutting and polishing.
In a bilateral meeting with Mr. Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belgium, Sharma pointed out that trade between the countries is dominated at present by the gems and jewellery sector accounting for about 69.84% of the bilateral trade.
It was also agreed that both the countries will work in a targeted manner in the fields of agro-processing, vocational training, and advanced engineering and manufacturing. Briefing the Belgian Minister on the proposed National Manufacturing and Investment Zones (NMIZs), Shri Sharma invited participation of Belgian companies, especially in the fields of training and research. Mr. Didier Reynders offered Belgian expertise in water treatment, waste disposal, and energy sectors, which could be useful in NMIZs.