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Saifur Rahman
Export of handicrafts made an impressive growth of 51.17 percent year-on-year to $7.09 million in July-October period of fiscal 2018-2019.
It grew almost 27 percent higher than its target for the period, which has been possible for sending the products to 32 countries.
Market analysts said the rising trend suggests that the country has a significant potential to increase exports of handicrafts to international markets if necessary measures are taken to maintain market-specific quality standards. According to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), in this fiscal year, the target was set at $16.69 million. In FY18, earning from handicrafts export was $18.00 million.
In the first three months of the year, the earning was $7.09 million against the export target of $5.6 million.
Shahjalal, secretary of the Bangladesh Handicrafts Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (Banglacraft), told Bangladesh Post, handicraft items from Bangladesh, which enjoy high demand in the global market, include basketware, handmade furniture, leather goods, terracotta, handmade paper items, jute and wood goods, Christmas decorations, handloom, cane, grass, bamboo, mixed media and traditional jewellery.
A training centre to improve design and quality of the products is being set up, he added.
Italy, Belgium, England, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Austria, the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan are the main destinations of Bangladeshi handicraft, the secretary said.
During the FY17 period, Bangladesh earned $14.48 million from the handicraft sector, he said.
“We have been attending international trade fairs to attract foreign buyers. We can offer high quality products at competitive prices. That’s why the exports have increased,” he said.