THE Myanmar Arts and Crafts
Association (MACA) requested
the government to set up a
handicrafts centre or construct
a handicraft village so that shops
and workshops can all be arranged
in one place, said U Thardu,
chair of the association, at a
recent meeting between Vice
President U Myint Swe and the
Also, MACA requested the government to boost Myanmar’s handicrafts market with an aim to penetrate the European Union and the US markets.
Additionally, the association mentioned that it would also like to meet with the respective region and state governments to report the strengths and weaknesses of Myanmar’s arts and crafts.
MACA called upon the government to lift or waive tax imposed on small-scale businessmen, working with less than 10 labourers. As the handicrafts market has been cooling, the burden of taxation has risen. It requested the government to grant a temporary tax exemption or tax waivers before the market recovers.
At present, Myanmar’s arts and crafts industry is threatened almost to extinction, as a result of shortage of skilled labourers and lower demand.