Cibjo President Gaetano Cavalieri, left, meets with Semi Koroilavesau, minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Fiji, in Hong Kong
Cibjo, the World Jewellery Confederation, has pledged to support initiatives by the government of Fiji towards a more sustainable and responsible pearl industry.
In a meeting in Hong Kong, Cibjo President Gaetano Cavalieri and Semi Koroilavesau, minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Fiji, agreed to work hand in hand to further develop Fiji’s pearl industry as a standard bearer for environmental and social responsibility.
Fiji is home to a growing perliculture sector, which is forecast to produce about 30,000 pearls in 2017, according to Cibjo.
The country’s Ministry of Fisheries, which has jurisdiction over the sector, is strategically committed to developing the economic potential of the country’s marine resources while at the same time ensuring that such activities are sustainable and have a wide-ranging positive social impact.
Koroilavesau outlined Fiji’s long-term plans for its pearl sector during the meeting the Cibjo. He reiterated the government’s goal for the country to become a significant producer of high-quality pearls. For the people of Fiji, pearls are not simply jewels of the ocean, but they also represent the promise of a better and sustainable future, the government official was quoted as saying.
Cavalieri, meanwhile, commented, “Fiji is an exciting prospect for our industry, and not only because of its already proven ability to produce pearls of exceptional quality. Its pearl industry will flourish also through the respect it shows for the marine environment, and through the support it provides the farming communities and their stakeholders.”