Turathuna exhibition for handicrafts
Monday، 19 October 2020 - 04:10 PM
The " Turathuna " exhibition for handicrafts and heritage will be launched on Saturday 10/10/2020 under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Turathuna exhibition is one of the largest specialized exhibitions in the field of handicrafts and heritage arts, and it is held in implementation of the country's strategy for supporting these crafts, displaying distinctive products and opening wider horizons for their spread and development, as well as encouraging young people to learn and master these exquisite handicrafts. Furthermore, establishing small or micro projects in this area would provide young people with profitable and stable employment opportunities.
The Egyptian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA) said in a statement that 600 projects and exhibitors from around the country will participate in the exhibition which will be housed at Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in the Fifth Settlement (El Tagammu El Khamis) district.
Minister of Industry and Trade and chief executive of the agency Nivine Gamaa said that the exhibition is set up under the directives of the president to offer all means of support to heritage industries and handicrafts, for their economic and cultural importance.
She added that neighboring Sudan will be the guest of honor of the exhibition this year, as some pavilions were designated at the fair ground to display Sudanese heritage handicrafts, including handmade wooden, metal and leather products.
The statement said that the exhibition will be open for the public at 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will not be any entrance fees for visitors who will be welcome to visit it daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. until the 15th of October, it added.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated this morning Turathuna exhibition of handicrafts and heritage arts and products, which is organized by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA).
During the visit, President El-Sisi met with most of the exhibitors and entrepreneurs. He encouraged them to expand and increase production to provide new job opportunities and transfer their technical and industrial expertise to young craftsmen and raise their manufacturing capabilities to suit the needs of the internal and external market. Thus, they would achieve the highest possible return and their capacities will qualify them to achieve the development that serves the national economy.
Minister of Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram and Minister of Trade and Industry Neveen Gamea along with prominent broadcaster Nagwa Ibrahim on Tuesday inspected "Turathuna" exhibition for handicrafts, which kicked off on Saturday under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
In a statement, the Ministry of Emigration said a number Egyptian youths who are studying abroad met with the two ministers and were keen on explaining to them their future plans to support their country.
The two ministers watched a presentation by the youths on linking the Egyptian heritage with Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Makram praised the skills of the Egyptian Handi-Crafters, asserting that the Egyptian heritage products and their designs are fascinating more than the other products available at markets but they need markets at home and abroad.
Gamea, on her part, noted that the state is offering all possible support to the exhibition, which is held for the second year in a row, adding that this exhibition sends a direct message from the state on its interest in backing the micro and small-scale projects and benefiting from them at the economic and social levels.
Such sector is really able to contribute to providing job opportunities in view of the importance of Egypt's heritage and the richness of its cultural diversity, she added.
Also, broadcaster Nagwa Ibrahim praised the artistic treasures exhibited at the fair, noting that Egyptian Handi-Crafters are patient and have high artistic skills that enable them to produce distinguished styles and designs.
In a tweet, she said “pleased to visit Turathuna "Our Heritage" Exhibition for traditional and heritage handicrafts that reflects our heritage and the authenticity of the Egyptian personality among all other countries around the world.”
She thanked and hailed Egyptian handicraftsmen over their designs and products that were presented in the exhibition.
Meanwhile, Trade and Industry Minister Nevin el Gamea decided on Wednesday to extend the convocation of “Turathna” (Our Heritage) Exhibition for traditional and heritage handicrafts till Saturday, October 17.
The move comes after the high turnout of visitors to the exhibition and in recognition of exhibitors' efforts to render the event a success, the minister said in a statement.
She expressed happiness over the visit of Egypt's First Lady Entissar El Sisi to the exhibition, saying the visit reflected the State's keenness on encouraging youths' projects, especially those working in the handicrafts domain.