Netherlands to Assist Myanmar’s Ailing Handicraft Exporters


The Myanmar Rat­tan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs As­sociation (MRBEA) is engaged in talks with a delegation from the Neth­erlands in a bid to help Myanmar handicrafts compete more effectively in overseas markets.

The delegation is study­ing the industry to assist the MRBEA in promoting Myanmar products over­seas.

”We are planning to re­vitalize the industry by penetrating foreign mar­kets again,” said U Kyaw Thu, chairman of the MR­BEA.

“We’ve had a very hard time in foreign markets for years, we are losing out on foreign buyers,” he added.

Myanmar’s handicraft industry, once renowned for the quality of its prod­ucts made from bamboo, rattan and water hya­cinths, has been in a state of decline in the past 10 years and has lost out to competition from region­al competitors like Viet­nam, the Philippines, and Thailand, said U Kyaw Thu.

The Myanmar Forest Product Merchant Associ­ation is also providing ca­pacity building for handi­craft workers to improve the quality of finished products so they can com­pete in foreign markets.

“We are in the process of calling on handicraft experts in Thailand who can provide us with ca­pacity building,” said U Kyaw Thu.

According to the MR­BEA, Myanmar’s most popular handicrafts are products like wallets, bas­kets, light shades and fur­niture with hotels, restau­rants and souvenir shops being the largest local buyers.


Source: Myanmar Business Today

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