The Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association (SLGJA) is the apex private sector organisation representing the interests of all industry sub-sectors from mining to manufacturing, wholesale and retail.
In the 2003 Budget, the Government of Sri Lanka declared SLGJA as the Apex industry body and charged it with a leadership role to formulate industry-level strategies to increase productivity and competitiveness. Since then the association works closely with the government's National Gem & Jewellery Authority and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board to advocate national policy and give input for the industry's regulatory framework.
Currently SLGJA has over 350 members who together account for over 75 percent of the country's gem and jewellery exports.The primary export is sapphires accounting for over 85 percent of the value of Sri Lanka's total gem exports. In 2012 a total of 18 varieties of sapphires were exported with blue sapphires being the top colour accounting for nearly 60 percent of the value of national exports. Among other top colours are pink sapphires, yellow sapphires and the exquisite Padparadscha or orange-pink sapphires.
In Sri Lanka, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (GDGJE) held China-Sri Lanka Gems Trade Networks & Alliance Cooperation Introduction Meeting, which introduced the business mode of the GDGJE and the membership program in detail, facing the Sri Lanka Gems industry to recruited international members .
At the introduction meeting, the GDGJE singed the MOU with the SLGJA and confirmed the content and mode of cooperation. The delegation of the GDGJEM had a filed trip to the gem quarry and local market. They also visited the National Gems and Jade Association and the Sri Lanka Gems and Jade Association.