This year, the National Crafts Association of Uganda, the government and private sector are planning to work in partnership to boost the crafts sector by improving the quality, value and variety of crafts.
Crafts are an important source of income for many Ugandans through sales as souvenirs to natives and international visitors as well as a basis for industrial development
A collection of crafts made from local materials are displayed for sale in Kampala city centre particularly at the Buganda road crafts village and the National theatre. Recently, most of the high rating hotels have a souvenir shop at their premises.
Meet face-to-face with craftsmen every Friday of the week, at the Rotary leisure park, along the Kampala-Jinja road, located overlooking the railway station. You will have a chance to directly interact with the manufactures of the beautiful crafts as well as exposing you to a wide range of commodities to choose from and new arrivals on the market.
The crafts sector faces problems such as lack of capital and limited government intervention because the sector is perceived as a private sector with no great contribution to the countryâ€™s economy (GDP).In addition, the craftsmen lack advanced skills to create new designs from the available raw materials.
There is need to equip the craftsmen with knowledge and subsidize on their resources in an effort to boost the entire sector.