Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Providence, R.I., was awarded a certificate of export achievement on for its efforts in promoting the USA Pavilion at Joya 2005 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Christopher Padilla, assistant secretary of commerce for Export Administration, presented the certificate to MJSA President Frank Dallahan and MJSA Chairman Michael Akkaoui at the association’s Providence headquarters on Nov. 3.
During his visit, which also included a roundtable discussion with association members, Padilla commended MJSA for its long-standing commitment to leveling that “playing field” and to opening global markets, and for efforts that have ranged from promoting the Joya pavilion to the recent negotiations with the Seepz Gems and Jewelry Manufacturers Association to lobby for reduced tariffs in India. Padilla urged MJSA to continue its proactive approach, noting that
“While U.S. fine jewelry exports are up 475 percent since 1997, there’s no question the playing field is not level,” Padilla said.