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Empowering Mauritian local artisans


There has been a big boost for the local craft community with the launch of an Advanced Craft Skills training course for Mauritian artisans of the handicraft sector at the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA). Mauritius artisans

The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, said it was essential to revive and empower local artisans as approximately 90% of handicraft products that are being sold at tourist outlets in Mauritius originate from Asian countries and Madagascar. He acknowledged that the handicraft sector, which enriches the cultural heritage of the island and is characterised by authenticity and particular knowhow, is facing constraints and limitations at the level of production, design and marketing.

The initiative is between the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, the SMEDA and the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development with some 15 artisans are participating. It has been tailored for artisans to further develop their capacities and explore their potential so as to better enhance their artisanal products.  

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