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Training program to shrink handicraft imports
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Apr '10
Bahamas imports around $300 million worth of handicraft items per year to attract tourists as those items appear to be authentic and a typical local creation, informed Mr. Edison Key, the Executive Chairman of Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporations (BAIC).

On account of such a large outgo, the corporation has come up with a one-month training program on locally producing handicraft items, said Mr. Kay. Under this program, which was a part of a plan to empower Bahamians and generate employment, over 1,000 interested people have graduated till now, and many other are interested to take part in such program.

Participants in the program were taught to produce the handicrafts locally to sell them to the visitors. This program would prove to be helpful to bring changes in the sale of such handicraft products in country's World Renowned 'Straw Market'.

A new market, which is being constructed in the country, is anticipated to be functional from spring 2011 and will bring new rules of engagement for market's vendors. A number of these venders sell handicraft products imported from Southeast Asian countries.

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