10:25 | 02/03/2016 Society
(VEN) - The Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade has held a ceremony to honor five traditional craft villages and 30 artisans and award 2015 outstanding rural product certificates.
Tran Xuan Viet, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi’s People’s Committee and Head of the Craft Village Development Steering Committee, presents certificates to representatives of five craft villages
These five craft villages include Phung Chau Commune’s Long Chau Mieu Stone-engraving Village in Chuong My District, Nhat Tan Ward’s peach-growing village in Tay Ho District, Quoc Oai Town’s Ngo Sai Wood-working and Forest Product-processing Village in Quoc Oai District, Yen Bai Commune’s Phu Yen Tea-processing Village in Ba Vi District and Minh Duc Commune’s Than Footwear Village in Ung Hoa District.
According to Tran Xuan Viet, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi’s People’s Committee and Head of the Craft Village Development Steering Committee, Hanoi has 1,350 craft villages, making up 58.8 percent of the city’s total number of villages, including 286 recognized craft villages.
To honor outstanding traditional craft villages and artisans will encourage local artisans to further improve their workmanship and skills and promote their products to consumers.
In addition, they will be inspired to train young workers in traditional crafts, participate in craft shows at home and abroad and contribute to the city’s socioeconomic development.
In the context of increasing international integration, artisan should focus more on improving product quality and designs in order to compete with foreign alternatives, especially imports from Thailand, Japan and China.
According to Do Hung Chieu, Director of the An Huy Trading Services and Production JSC that has been awarded the 2015 Outstanding Rural Product Certificate, Hanoi should regularly hold the program at different levels to encourage local artisans to further contribute to development of the city’s crafts and rural products. In addition, the city should have specific craft development and artisan support mechanisms to encourage the development of certified rural products, especially in terms of industry promotion funding.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Tran Xuan Viet: To sharpen the competitiveness of local craft products, Hanoi should focus more on craft product sales promotion and related support mechanisms in the coming time.