The handcraft sector has appealed for support from government to enable the sector to positively contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
On the Coordination Committee for Development of African Handicraft (CODEPA) Conference, Mr Sié Théophile SIB, who is the secretary general, said it is imperative that handcrafting be prioritized as it brings about economic development.
He said most of the challenges faced by handicrafters are a result of lack of financing and poor institutions by responsible governments and there is need to harness the development of handcrafting through holding training workshops.
“The problems faced by those in the sector emanate from lack of financial support, poor institutions for crafting, uneven trade promotion policies and this hampers the development of the sector,
“Governments should see to it that these issues are addressed and it is one of our aims as CODEPA to foster for development of handcrafting in Africa,” he said.
Théophile added that although there was great development of handcrafting in Western Africa, the same priority needs to be extended to all African countries.
Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives Development, Noveti Muponora, applauded the meeting for providing a conducive environment for the handcraft industry to decide on improving their growing businesses.