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Union Minister Piyush Goyal and French Foreign Trade Minister Olivier Becht Jointly Inaugurate “NAVARATAN” Exhibition at G20 TIMM in Jaipur

Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal, and Mr. Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad from the Government of France, inaugurated the captivating “NAVARATAN” exhibition during the G20 Trade and Investment working group meetings (TIMM) held in Jaipur.

The exhibition, hosted at the Chandra Mahal within Sawai Man Singh Mahal’s Rambagh Palace Hotel, is part of a series aligned with the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting. “Navaratan” showcases Jaipur’s expertise in gems, jewellery, textiles, and handicrafts, offering a visual feast to esteemed G20 delegates. The theme revolves around the concept of “NAVARATAN,” symbolizing the significance of nine precious stones, their influence on Rajasthan’s jewellery, crafts, and textiles, contributing to the region’s diverse heritage.

Ministers Goyal and Becht engaged with artisans, exploring the intricate processes of crafting gems, jewellery, and indigenous textiles like Dabu, Block Print, Bandhani, Gotta Patti, and more. The exhibition, organized by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), highlighted Rajasthan as a global jewellery hub, immersing delegates in the art of jewellery making, from mine to market.

Live craft demonstrations of Thikri Craft, Block Printing, Lac Bangles, Blue Pottery, and Sanjhi Art further enriched the experience, offering delegates firsthand insights into Rajasthan’s rich craft traditions. The event also spotlighted the region’s cultural opulence with meticulously carved boxes, ornate sandooks, exquisite jewellery, and adorned figurines.

With over 300 delegates attending from G20 countries, this TIMM meeting, chaired by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, sets the stage for crucial discussions shaping global trade and investment policies. Against the backdrop of Jaipur’s rich cultural heritage, the event captures India’s art, traditions, and vibrant ethos.

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