Industries to produce handicraft sector action plan

Acting Director General of the Ministry of Trade,

Tourism, Industries, and ni-Vanuatu Business (front), George Borugu, speaking at the NTDC meeting in July.

By Jonas Cullwick

The Department of Industries (DOI) of the Vanuatu Government has now taken over responsibility and leadership for facilitating the growth of the handicraft sector in Vanuatu.

This has been reported to the second meeting of the National Trade Development Committee (NTDC) for 2017 held at the Melanesian Hotel in Port Vila in July.

The presentation from the DOI to the meeting says: “This program is being recently introduced with support from the Vanuatu Strategic Tourism Action Plan (VSTAP) through the Handicraft Business Development Program (HBDP).”

As an important output of the HBDP, the department will deliver a Handicraft Sector Action Plan 2017-2021 that will guide national efforts in developing the sector.

The DOI has further entered into a Partnership Agreement between VSTAP (with the funding support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vanuatu Skills for Economic Growth (VSEG) Program (with funding assistance from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) to facilitate business development and market access for “Made in Vanuatu” handicrafts for the period 2017-2020.

The meeting of the NTDC was informed that the DOI is now working on developing the guidelines and processes of the “Made in Vanuatu” handicrafts to be enforced at the new Port Vila Handicraft Market being built under the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project (VTIP), which is the beautification of Port Vila seafront precinct to Fatumaru Bay.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: Cell # 678 5460922

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