The Ministry of Tourism wildlife and antiquities is developing standards for the Handicrafts and souvenir sector.
According to Grace Aulo Mbabazi the coordinator of the Handicraft and souvenirs project, setting standardds is one of the many proactive efforts geared at enhancing sector growth and visibility.
Competition from cheaper handicraft imports, lack of access to product design services and timely market information are some of the major hindrances to the handicraft and souvenir sector in Uganda.
Funded by the Enhanced Integrated Framework based in Geneva – Switzerland and supported by the International Trade centre, the project seeks to socially and economically boost the livelihood of mainly the rural populace involved in the enterprise.
Handicrafts and the Souvenir sector is one of the many that have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic since it thrives on a vibrant tourism sector.
At least 10,000 craft makers across the country are expected to benefit from the 5.5 billion shillings livelihood improvement programme.
Interested beneficiaries are advised to group themselves in unions to be eligible for the grant from the Tourism Ministry.