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JAMAICA-CRAFT-Jamaica to table craft policy as White Paper.

The Jamaica government Wednesday said it will soon table in Parliament, the National Craft Policy - An Integrated Approach, as a White Paper.

Education, Youth and Information Minister, Karl Samuda, told a post-Cabinet news conference that the policy aims to streamline the Jamaican craft industry by facilitating incremental and significant improvements in quality, variety, value, sales, customer satisfaction and profits in order to promote greater local identity of finished craft and souvenirs, innovation, better supply capability, packaging, regulation and production and distribution facilities.

It will also address factors that are critical to the sustainability and growth of the craft industry in Jamaica and which enable successful enterprise in the areas of craft, gifts, visual arts and souvenir products

Samuda said that the document was tabled in Parliament in March 2018 as a Green Paper, following which a final consultation session was held with stakeholders during a Policy Validation Workshop in May last year.

He told reporters that the recommendations by stakeholders were considered and incorporated into the White Paper.

Samuda said the modifications focused on strengthening some of the objectives and strategies to ensure clear alignment with the policy issues.

'There was also a revision of the language to reduce ambiguities; specifically, the replacement of 'craft, visual arts and souvenirs' with 'craft products,' he added.

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Date:Sep 4, 2019
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