The Tunisian arts and crafts sector, which in the past offered a large and reliable potential for absorbing labour - especially women - is experiencing a downward trend. The government has recognized the potential of the craft sector to overcome the current economic and social crisis and presented a corresponding National Plan for the Development of the Craft Sector in February 2018. The project supports these efforts by strengthening the capacities of the various craft institutions, especially the competent authority for crafts and tourism (ONAT).
The aim is to revitalise the arts and crafts sector in order to stimulate the creation of jobs and income and contribute to poverty reduction.
The support measures will make the associations that promote crafts and trades more professional, competent and efficient in their management capacities and external communication. Better services provided by the partner organisations and the harmonisation of common interests for a concerted commitment to the interests of the crafts sector will make Tunisian crafts more competitive and thus provide many people with an economic basis.