Artisan workshop, policy seminar held

SRINAGAR: All India Artisans and Craft workers Welfare Association (AIACA) is organizing the ‘Artisan Empowerment Workshop and Policy Seminar’ from 2nd to 3rd November at the Tourism Meeting Hall in Srinagar, in partnership with INTACH Jammu and Kashmir and EXIM Bank.
The workshop was inaugurated today by the Secretary Tourism, Mr. Farooq Ahmed Shah, Former Convener of INTACH and Former DG Culture and Tourism JK, Member of the National Monument Authority and GM-EXIM Bank were the guests of honor.
Farooq Ahmed Shah thanked AIACA and Exim Bank for organizing the workshop. He stated that Kashmir craft has a very glorious past and has given respect and identity to Kashmir, besides being a substantial economic activity. He assured the participants that State Government shall take all necessary measures to reorganize the craft sector on modern professional lines. He also spoke on the government’s role in craft-based livelihood development and their schemes for benefitting the artisans.
The two day event includes a series of panel discussions and capacity building sessions on strengthening value chain in the handicrafts sector through an integrated and holistic approach with multi-stakeholder participation from government, non-government, industry experts and artisan communities.
The speakers include sector experts, government officials, experts on marketing and export and established local artisans will present case studies where the crafts persons have hugely benefitted by adopting modern marketing practices resulting in and success stories in the craft sector. The Policy Seminar will be followed by a number of capacity building sessions on access to finance, design innovation and marketing opportunities for Kashmir craft workers.
Director Tourism, General Manager EXIM, Joint Director Handicrafts and Joint Director Handloom, representative of J&K Bank,  NABARD, President Chamber of Commerce association besides artisans were present on the occasion.

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