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National Day of Handicraft: two Tunisian artisans honoured

March 17, 2021

TAP) -Two artisans, the first specialising in traditional pottery Abdallah Ben Abdessalem Ben Abdelali, and the second young Mourad Ben Abdelkader El Ghoul, specializing in crystal mosaic, on Tuesday, received the National Award for the promotion of crafts and the National Youth Award for crafts.

The two prizes were awarded by Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi at a ceremony held at the Government Palace in Kasbah, on the National Day of Handicraft and Traditional Dress and in the presence of Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Habib Ammar, and the President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Samir Majoul,

The prizes were awarded to pay tribute to these artisans for their efforts to preserve the sustainability of the sector and introduce new techniques to help promote and market Tunisian products, and therefore contribute to the national effort in employment, said a statement from the Prime Ministry.

The Minister of Tourism recalled the state's policy in promoting the handicrafts sector, saying it is based on three axes, namely improvement of methods of promoting crafts, their protection against unfair competition and the development of marketing methods through new communication technologies.

For his part, the craftsman, specialising in traditional pottery Ben Abdelali said have contributed throughout his 30-year career, to train generations of artisans to preserve the authenticity of this craft.

He also helped to mentor several students specialising in design and sustainable development, 'one of which has become an exporter of pottery.'

For the young craftsman, specializing in crystal mosaic, Mourad Ben Abdel Kader El Ghoul, the award garnered today is likely to motivate him further to move forward in this field.

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