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JOHOR BARU: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has set a sales target of RM500 million for craft products for next year. It’s minister, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, said as of Nov 30, the total sales volume of Malaysian craft products stood at RM465 million and involved a craft community of 19,376 people.

“For next year, we have set a target of RM500 million,” he said after opening the Johor Craft Festival 2018 at the Angsana Johor Baru Mall today.“We are confident of achieving the target as we plan to start selling Malaysian craft products through our Tourism Malaysia offices overseas next year.”There are 37 Tourism Malaysia offices globally, including in Japan, the United Kingdom, France, China, Australia and Indonesia.“We will also take part in international exhibitions to promote our craft products, including in Berlin, Paris and Hong Kong.”

Mohamaddin said that in an effort to develop the human resources for the local craft industry, Kraftangan Malaysia would implement the Malaysian Skills Certificate programme, which would be conducted by the National Craft Institute.“The institute’s branches in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang will conduct courses in the fields of batik, metal works and woodworks.

“This will increase the number of skilled workers in the crafts industry,” said Mohamaddin.He said the festival was an opportunity for craft entrepreneurs and producers to sell their products.“I hope the public will take advantage of the school holidays to come to the festival to see and buy craft products from the different states.”Kraftangan Malaysia has set a target of 100,000 visitors and a sales target of RM6 million for the festival, which is on until Dec 30.

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