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By Julita Peter

September 1, 1998 - Local woodwork manufacturers now have the expertise which will assist them in developing and promoting their products for the local, regional and international markets.

The National Development Corporation (NDC) has taken the initiative to assist in the development of the local woodworking sector.  During a one day workshop, local woodwork manufacturers were encouraged to engage in the production of non-traditional innovative wooden craft. The workshop was facilitated by Trinidadian Tony Marquez, who has a background in construction, colour, and paint technology.

The intent was to educate manufacturers on the need to become more innovative, and to teach them to redesign and change product attributes to enhance competitiveness. Jacqueline Emmanuel Albertini is the General Manager of National Development Corporation. "We believe that St. Lucia has a lot of expertise already in woodworking and other traditional craft. This is one of the areas we want them to further upgrade and develop their skill for the local market, to diversify and expand the us of jobs craft etc and also for the export market," says Albertini.

The workshop is a precursor to the upcoming national woodwork and basketry exhibition scheduled to take place in November of this year. The national exhibition is not an end to this new initiative by the NDC but will assist the corporation in its new role which is to promote export.


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