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The handicraft awareness materials consist of a handicrafts bio-security awareness video and a handicrafts vendor guide.
Last week, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Emil Tamur and Australia’s Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Keith Pitt were at the launching of the handicraft awareness materials.
“The Government of Papua New Guinea is pleased to be working in partnership with the Australian Government to ensure that our people benefit from the investment made in the tourism sector. As you know, more than 80 per cent of the population is rural-based and dependent on sectors such as tourism and agriculture for their livelihood,” Minister Tamur said.
These materials are designed to help vendors, artisans and tourists, in meeting bio-security protocols involved in the production, purchasing and handling of handicrafts.
“Supporting tourism and rural development in Papua New Guinea to enable economic growth, including empowerment of women is a key focus of the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership,” Assistant Minister Pitt stated.
Vendors and artisans will be better informed when it comes to the types of materials they can and cannot use, minimising the risks of having their handicrafts rejected at quarantine borders during inspection and treatment.
The Handicrafts Bio-security Awareness Video, will be made available on cruise ships, which will provide information to tourists on what can and cannot be brought into Australia and New Zealand, as the key markets for Pacific tourism.
The vendor guide will be distributed among handicraft artisans and vendors to help improve their awareness of bio-security requirements and product development.