8. Supporting the development of the handicrafts sector in Lao PDR

Lao People's Democratic Republic
Key objectives of the measure:

Improve the quality of locally-produced handicrafts and their visibility to enhance market opportunities.

Scope of the measure:
National, International
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

The handicraft sector represents a significant source of income. As such, the sector was identified in the 8th Five-Year National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2016-2020) as one of the main industries which has been growing in production. Total handicraft production value is about 3 million US$, with a growth of 15 percent per annum. There are currently investments in handicraft production, establishment of business units, grouping and support to remote areas for handicraft production. Domestic and international private investment in the handicraft sector consists of 4,237 handicraft factories. The main export markets for handicrafts are Japan, the EU and the US.

In order to improve the quality of craft products and increase their marketability, several curriculum and training programmes have been set-up.

There is also annual handicraft festival organized by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MoICT) with the collaboration with the Lao Handicraft Association.

  • New curriculum on weaving and silver work
  • School of Design has a course endorsed by the Ministry of Education
  • Any TVET programme?

The government has also launched a number of initiatives to improve the visibility of the products.  

At the national level

  • Lao Handicraft day
  • Organization of trade fairs
  • Handicraft festival on retro traditional activities inspiring Old Days Atmosphere
  • Registration of Handicraft Brand name (labels)
  • One District One Product - ODOP
Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Traditional handicrafts produced by Lao ethnic people have improved patterns as well as skills for selling domestically and internationally. Lao handicrafts have received many awards from many regional competitions.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Annual ministerial budget

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