National plan of Handicrafts: to bring exports to 4% in 2022 | Tunisia News Gazette

National plan of Handicrafts: to bring exports to 4% in 2022

The educational institutions and other Tunisian institutions celebrate Friday, March 16 of each year, the National Day of the Traditional Dress.

The handicraft sector is a pillar of the Tunisian economy because of its close relations with the tourism sector.

The Tunisian government aims to double the contribution of the craft sector to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to reach 8% against 4.58% currently, and this, as part of a national plan of crafts (2018- 2022) to promote the quality and innovation of handicrafts and to increase exports of the sector from 1.8% to 4% over the same period.

This plan, which will be presented in all governorates of the country through field visits by members of the government, aims to increase investments from 19 million dinars (MD) to 30 MD and to create 100 thousand jobs with an average annual 30 thousand by 2021, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts.

The overall budget required to achieve the objectives of the national plan of Handicrafts was set at 1920 thousand dinars allocated to the strengthening of the institutional framework, and 3,985 thousand dinars for the financing of development of skills and knowledge.

The government plans, through this programme, the upgrading of 200 craft enterprises and capacity building of 3,000 artisans as part of the incentive of the groups of craftsmen besides the increase of the rate of the higher graduates investing in the sector from 10% to 40%.

With regard to the promotion of quality and the development of professional skills, the national plan aims to prepare 10 standards and to award the quality label to 50 products as well as to prepare 30 craft manuals, dealing with skills and knowledge and different raw materials.

Besides, five regional plans were developed as part of a participatory approach to involve the different parties operating in the sector, with a view to developing local resources and developing production activities in the different regions.

The sector has more than 350 thousand artisans, including 160 thousand with a professional card (83% of women) and 1900 craft companies registered with the National Office of Handicrafts Tunisia (ONAT). Crafts trades went from 59 specialties in 2002 to 76 in 2016.

Source: TAP News Agency

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