President of the association of expert goldsmiths and jewelers in Lebanon Boghos Kurdian. (The Daily Star/HO)
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The lack of laws to properly regulate the gold manufacturing industry in Lebanon is affecting the quality of jewelry produced and threatening Lebanon's position in the international jewelry market, an industry expert said.Kurdian explained that Lebanon's jewelry manufacturing business used to be run by experienced professionals who had studied the trade properly.The Lebanese jewelry industry has been known for years for the high quality of its products in addition to creative and innovative designs.This has negatively impacted the sale of jewelry, and gold manufacturers have suffered as a result.One of the serious problems facing the industry, according to Kurdian, is the lack of restrictions by the government on the imports of jewelry from the Far East.Kurdian proposed a number of solutions to protect the jewelry industry in Lebanon.Kurdian said that there should be laws governing the industry as to who can work in it.
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