Handicrafts policy soon

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Handicrafts policy soon
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

DHAKA, NOV 20: The industries ministry has taken up an initiative to formulate a national handicrafts policy for the development of the cottage industry.

“The main objective of the policy is to help develop a modern and sustainable handicrafts and cottage industry across the country,” said industries minister Dilip Barua. The interested entrepreneurs would be provided bank loans, technology, marketing to  improve the quality of products, he said while talking to reporters at his secretariat office on Sunday, after a meeting with the board of directors of Bangla Craft, a handicrafts company.

Former presidents of the Bangla Craft, Ashrafur Rahman and Maleka Khan, directors Prof Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury, Sheikh Selina Islam, Razia Zaher and Kazi Shahabuddin attended the meeting.

Despite the increasing demand of handicrafts and cottage industry items throughout the world, the sector has failed to reach its expected  growth due to lack of a proper policy, leaders of the Bangla Craft told the minister. They said there was a great opportunity to increase the export of handicrafts and cottage industry items.

They also demanded setting up of handicrafts display centres at district levels to help  marketing  across the country.

The minister assured them of displaying their products through Small and Medium Enterprises Foundation at primary level.

The government will take all necessary steps to protect indigenous industries, Barua further said.

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