Local goods: Mohamaddin (white shirt) looking at a locally-made product at the launch of the Johor Craft Festival 2018.
JOHOR BARU: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is targeting RM500mil worth of sales from local art products by the end of 2019.
Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the ministry was identifying the products that would be sold and displayed in 37 tourism offices worldwide.
“As of Nov 30, our craft industry has managed to rake in RM465mil,” he said.
“We recently visited our tourism office in London and so far the feedback is positive and we are finalising this plan before implementing it early next year.”
On another matter, Mohamaddin said the ministry would empower the National Craft Institute to issue the Malaysia Skill Certificate for batik, metal and woodcraft making.
“We will open more opportunities for those with expertise in craft making and give them a chance to further their studies either to diploma or degree in arts,” he said.
Mohamaddin was speaking to reporters after officiating at the Johor Craft Festival 2018 at the Angsana Mall Johor Baru here yesterday.-thestar online.