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The Handicrafts and Souvenir Development Project is a three-year Tier II project funded by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. The project seeks to respond to the Government’s efforts to diversify and increase exports of non- traditional exports while supporting increased job creation and employment as provided for in the Uganda Vision 2040, National Trade Policy 2008, National Development Plan II, the National Tourism Development Master Plan 2014/2024 and Uganda Tourism Policy 2015.

Objective of the project

The objective of the project is to develop the handicrafts and souvenir sector in Uganda. Overall, the program looks at creating linkages between the producers, associations and the traders of handcrafted products and the tourism industry to improve livelihoods for some of the most marginalized communities in Uganda. Key focus is on supporting production of functional items which are in demand to both the local market and the international buyers. Interventions emphasize product development and diversification, increased production and quality enhancement.

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Activities

The project supports the following activities:
1)    Capacity building to producers, associations and exporters of handicrafts and souvenirs;
2)    Renovate and establish production centers;
3)    Strengthen market linkages for producers, exporters of handicrafts and the tourism sector;
4)    Supporting handicraft firms to adopt e-commerce

Expected Results

The objective of the project is to develop the handicrafts and souvenir sector in Uganda. Overall, the program looks at creating linkages between the producers, associations and the traders of handcrafted products and the tourism industry to improve livelihoods for some of the most marginalized communities in Uganda. Key focus is on supporting production of functional items which are in demand to both the local market and the international buyers. Interventions emphasize product development and diversification, increased production and quality enhancement.

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This Export Manual is prepared for potential exporters and producers in the handicrafts industry in Uganda. Its purpose is to help the handicraft producers to clearly understand the basic steps of getting involved in the export business.

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