The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM), through its Vice-Ministry of Promotion of Mipymes, held the Crafts Fair at the Downtown Mall Punta Cana, where handicrafts carved in wood, silver jewelry mounted with larimar and amber, leather goods, fashion accessories, basketry with natural fibers, among others, were offered.
The fair was attended by 40 artisans from all over the country, who received technical assistance in aspects of formalization, digital economy and innovation, from technicians of the Directorate of Support Services to MSMEs, which will help strengthen their skills to improve their operations, production processes and quality of their products.
Speaking for Deputy Minister Jorge Morales Paulino was Julio Soto, who highlighted the support provided to artisans from that agency, “complying with the mandate of President Luis Abinader, who has instructed that micro, medium and small businesses be assisted in everything they need.”
José de Ferrari, in charge of the Crafts Division, pointed out that the fair is the first in this tourist destination and was organized so that they can market their products to tourists.
He added that other versions of the fair will be taken to Samaná, Las Terrenas, Puerto Plata, Zona Colonial, Romana-Bayahíbe and to other communities where there are international buyers of the Dominican handicraft.
Ramon Guillen, director of Fomento y Desarrollo de la Artesanía (FODEARTE), pointed out that, despite the development of the Eastern Region, tourists face difficulties in acquiring handicrafts and gifts made in the Dominican Republic. “Most of the souvenirs sold in the area are made in other countries,” he lamented.
The fair was also attended by representatives of the Punta Cana Foundation and the Association of Hotels of the East. Also in attendance were Goly Lawtog, head of the Mining Promotion Department of the Ministry of Energy and Mines; and Libia Mota, marketing and advertising coordinator of the Downtown Mall, among others.
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