Saudi National Handicraft Development Program organizes training program to develop capacity of female artisans

The trainees learn the methods of product designing and product pricing with regard to quotations for a handicraft product. (SPA)
Updated 26 December 2017
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Saudi National Handicraft Development Program organizes training program to develop capacity of female artisans

RIYADH: The National Handicraft Development Program “Bari” has organized a training program for female artisans in Riyadh to learn more about designing and pricing their craft products.
Bari, a flagship program of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) with the mandate to promote handicrafts in the Kingdom by supporting local artisans, organized a skill-based training program for developing the capacity of female artisans in Riyadh in partnership with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation (TMF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization run under the patronage of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.
Majed Al-Sheddi, director general of media relations at the SCTH, told Arab News on Monday that the art and craft training mainly focused on the development of Al-Kharazah craft techniques and the trainees got the opportunity to learn some new techniques in this area. The trainees also learned the methods of product designing and product pricing with regard to quotations for a handicraft product.
The training program was executed by the TMF, he said. Notably, the Bari and the TMF had earlier signed an agreement to promote handicrafts in the Kingdom by supporting local artisans through the skill-based training to be provided by trainers from the foundation.
The cooperation agreement aimed at producing more handicrafts to be sold inside and outside the Kingdom, was signed at Al Ula during Prince Charles’ visit to the Kingdom in 2015.
The agreement aims to spur professional and scientific exchange for students, teachers and artisans between the TMF and Bari, as well as promoting mutual cooperation for the development of some of the heritage villages in the Kingdom.
As per the agreement, the two sides can select the targeted crafts for development in the Kingdom, providing required technical and professional support to a selected group of artisans, developing a number of profitable craft products for the retail market as souvenirs for hotels as well as establishing an exhibition to display live models of Islamic art, traditions and crafts.
TMF was founded in 2006 at the initiative of Prince Charles with the aim of preserving and regenerating historic areas and communities with a rich cultural heritage as well as reviving traditional arts and crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.


US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

Updated 21 October 2018
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US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until an investigation had been completed.
Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was “a good first step but not enough” as Riyadh faced increasing international pressure over what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
US President Donald Trump, who has said the United States would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia, emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis’ handling of the case.
“It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem.
Mnuchin confirmed that he would not attend a Saudi investment conference on Tuesday. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart on joint efforts to counter terrorist financing and plans by Washington to reimpose sanctions against Iran in November.
“I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said.
The visit, he said, was necessary as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions against Iran.
He said he had no reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would renege on commitments to make up for any shortfall in global oil supplies as Iranian oil exports are curbed under the sanctions.
“I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments,” said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih while in Riyadh.