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The Ministry of Social Solidarity in cooperation with the Egyptian Exporters Association (Expolink) organized the Artisan Design Fair from May 2 – 5, 2018 under the auspices of H.E. the Prime Minister Eng. Sherif Ismail in the Cairo International Convention Center CICC over an area of 4000 m2.

The following ministers attended the fair inauguration on Wednesday 2nd of May: the Prime Minister Eng. Sherif Ismail, the Minister of Social Solidarity Dr. Ghada Wali, the ministers of Trade and Industry, Culture, Tourism, and Local development in addition to the Governors of Damietta and Cairo. It is worthy to mention that the First Lady Mrs. Entissar El Sissy visited the fair on Friday, May 4, 2018 and praised the good quality and design of displayed products.

The Artisan Design Fair 2018 is a mediation between tradition and change. The fair aims to help match craft production to the needs of modern living; develop the handicrafts industry to meet the needs of export market standards, bridge the gap and allow artisans to compete with current products and practices of the modern industrialization.  More than 124 participants displayed their various products: wood artifacts, inlaying, stained glass, palm artifacts, home textiles, carpets, kilim and rugs.

Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation allocated to its booth an area of 12m2 for three clients specialized in the following 3 different industries: handmade crochet bags and garments, Montessori products, handmade stained glass lamps and tables.

The 3 ladies agreed that the fair is such a positive experience as it provides a good opportunity to market their products and widen their business network.