Saifur Rahman
Export of handicrafts made a significant growth of 15.26 percent year-on-year to $16.69 million in the just-concluded fiscal year.
The export exceeded its target by 4.31 percent for the period, which has been possible for despatching the products to 32 countries of the world.
Market analysts suggest 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 FY18, the target was set at $16.00 million. In FY17, earning from handicrafts export was $14.48 million .Mr.
Shahjalal, secretary of the Bangladesh Handicrafts Manufacturers and Exporters Association (Banglacraft), told Bangladesh Post that 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.
“We regularly attend international trade fairs to attract foreign buyers. We offer high quality products at competitive prices. That’s why, the exports have increased,” he said.
Italy, Belgium, England, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Austria, the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan are the main destinations of Bangladeshi handicrafts, the secretary said. It may be mentioned here that Bangladesh regularly participates in the trade fairs in Germany, Italy Hong Kong.
EPB organises Bangladesh’s participation in those product specific trade fairs.
Besides, a few exporters arranged their participation by themselves. Bangladesh Mission abroad coordinates and helps in such participation.