Handicraft industry eyes international markets

DSC 9439 Handmade bamboo baskets displayed in a market. Photo Phoe Khwar copy
Handmade bamboo baskets displayed in a market. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Efforts are being made to develop the handicraft industry under a four-year project from 2018 to 2022, with assistance from the Netherlands, said U Kyaw Thu from the Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs Association.
“Handicrafts made of rattan and bamboo are only being sold in the local market. The industry is facing difficulties when it comes to manufacturing high-end products and penetrating the international markets. The Netherlands will provide Euro 1.9 million
to the handicraft industry to help solve these problems,” he said.
Under the project, the Netherlands will help about 30 producers, such as rattan and bamboo finished product companies, handicrafts and lacquer ware firms participate in international fairs, gain market share, and open handicraft design courses.
Myanmar’s bamboo forests are the largest in the world, after China and India. While its neighbors have made a significant headway in the bamboo products industry, Myanmar needs to make efforts to penetrate the international market.

(Translated by Hay Mar)

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