Jamaica Tourism shines a spotlight on the craft industry

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While talking about the importance of the new Craft Council of Jamaica, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment  said that though craft cuts across a number of ministries, departments and agencies, up to this point there was no central body to coordinate the push to oversee the development of the craft sector in its entirety and monitor the quality of the items produced and sold as authentic Jamaican craft. So this council is set to be that body.

The efforts to establish a central body to coordinate the development of the craft sector took a major leap today as the newly-appointed Craft Council of Jamaica had its inaugural meeting, signalling the commencement of a strategic process to totally streamline the craft sector.

Minister McNeill further added, “There are many long-standing issues which we must resolve in order to effectively develop the sector and harness its potential. Prime among them is the need to implement a proper governance structure and regulatory framework. He added that “this new Craft Council will serve as an integral mechanism to facilitate these changes and foster the sustainable development of the sector.”