Inauguration Of “Handmade in Pakistan Exhibition” by AHAN
Lahore: October 21, 2016:- AHAN is operating under the Ministry of Industries & Production, Government of Pakistan; AHAN facilitates rural craft persons, artisans and poor producer groups in accessing services such as skill trainings, product development, quality assurance and marketing of handmade traditional handicraft / products. So far around 30,000 male and female artisans and craft persons have benefited from AHAN programs.AHAN is organizing a mega ‘Handmade in Pakistan’ exhibition at The Heritage Museum, Lahore from 21st to 23rd October, 2016 to showcase handmade products developed by Pakistani crafts persons from all provinces, showing our cultural richness and traditional craftsmanship.
‘Handmade in Pakistan Exhibition’ is being organized in collaboration with ‘Center for Culture and Development’ (CKU), Government of Denmark.Minister for Industries & Production Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi along with Mr. Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Industries & Production inaugurates the Handmade in Pakistan Exhibition Today Oct 21, 2016. Ms. Marvi Memon, Minister & Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Program also grace the occasion. People from all walks of life and other dignitaries visits the stalls and meet the artisans and crafts persons from across the country. Proceeds from the exhibition shall be used for further skill development of artisans. Chairperson AHAN, Ms. Shireen Arshad Khan also visits this event.Mr. Naveed Sheikh said that it is a great opportunity for the crafts persons of Pakistan to develop their linkages with the potential buyers, which will alleviate poverty and improve their livelihood
AHAN adopted a two pronged approach from the outset. On one hand the organization initiated pilot projects in numerous geographic clusters of artisans/poor producer groups while on the other hand it also undertook a research and analysis exercise to determine development potential among local rural enterprises. The objective of this campaign was to determine baseline criteria for the eventual development of a long term strategy for creating sustainable income generation opportunities for a large segment of our society living in rural, semi urban, small cities and towns of Pakistan