Jewellers have signalled their intention to comply with the regulations of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) to have the standard quality mark on their products, according to Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Manniram Prashad.
This move follows a meeting the minister held with gold jewellers concerning complaints of poor quality jewellery being sold locally and overseas, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.
Prashad said the GNBS will continue with random testing and sampling in collaboration with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and it is hoped that the complaints of substandard jewellery being sold will lessen.
Prashad said that since Guyana is now becoming known more as a tourism destination, reports of poor gold quality on the market will not discredit just the jewellers but the country, therefore it is necessary for them to comply.
Prashad along with acting Executive Director of the GNBS, Evadnie Benfield; Manager of Geological Services of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Kampta Persaud and General Manager of the Guyana Gold Board, Antram Balram met the gold jewellers last week.
The minister urged the jewellers to endorse the GNBS Product Certification Scheme and adhere to the National Standards Mark to ensure a high quality of gold jewellery, GINA concluded.