Made in Myan­mar

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Weekend | Craft - PHOE WA

THERE are great new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for ven­dors who par­took in the Made in Myan­mar in­dus­try event which aimed to strengthen the bonds be­tween con­sumers and pro­duc­ers. Made in Myan­mar, the brain­child of three busi­ness­women, in­vited Myan­mar pro­duc­ers to come to­gether and cel­e­brate their cultural bonds and for the pub­lic to cel­e­brate, and pur­chase, Myan­mar cultural arts.

The event ex­ists osten­si­bly due to the for­eign ex­change cri­sis, with im­porters be­ing hit with mas­sive pur­chas­ing power penal­ties as the Kyat re­mains weak against the US dol­lar. The three women who founded the event in­tended to make more Myan­mar peo­ple aware of their lo­cal pro­duce.

“We had an idea. If we could gather all the prod­ucts that are made in Myan­mar, we could show off the qual­ity to con­sumers,” said Ma Hsy Ye May, an or­gan­iser.

Myan­mar peo­ple are un­der the im­pres­sion that im­ported items are su­pe­rior to lo­cal pro­duce, but we aim to change that per­cep­tion, she added.

“It’s dif­fi­cult for small and medium busi­nesses to stand on their own two feet, though they have good qual­ity mer­chan­dise to sell,” Ma Hsu Yee May said.

The event fo­cused on sec­tors such as cloth­ing prod­ucts and tex­tiles and tra­di­tional foods. En­ter­tain­ment was put on at the event which took place from the 4th to the 6th Jan­uary on Kan­daw­gyi Hmyaw Sin Is­land. 130 shops took part with 30 shops for each cat­e­gory; lo­cal ser­vices, hand­made prod­ucts, ready­made foods, tra­di­tional cloths, cos­met­ics, ex­port foods, or­gan­ics fruits and tra­di­tional medicines.

“We aim to do both B2B (Busi­nesses to Busi­nesses) and B2C (Busi­nesses to Con­sumers),” Ma Hsu Yee May said.

In ad­di­tion to the prod­uct ex­hibits there were panel dis­cus­sions with ex­perts from dif­fer­ent fields with fo­cuses on Myan­mar hand­i­crafts and cultural en­ter­tain­ments. Part of that en­ter­tain­ment was a per­for­mance of Myan­mar folk art with a crosstalk with A Nyeint, eth­nics’ tra­di­tional dance per­for­mance, Myan­mar Folk dances and Myan­mar the­atri­cal per­for­mances. A dis­cus­sion on SME and do­mes­tic prod­ucts was also held.

“I will go to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties from this event, I be­lieve it may help me in my work,” Daw Mya Ko Ko wrote on a com­ment card at the event. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at 09253995116, No.184, Ground floor, 36th Street (Mid­dle Block), Kyauk­tada Town­ship, Email­madein­myan­[email protected]­ative­hub­myan­mar.com.

At the event, one could choose from an ar­ray of Myan­mar good­ies.

Pho­tos: Nyan Zay Htet

Made in Myan­mar of­fered a glimpse of Myan­mar’s arts and crafts.

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