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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

Phase III of UNIDO backed Sri Lanka bamboo initiative opens today

Colombo, 17 July, (

After the successful and pioneering training for Sri Lanka’s bamboo craftsmen in early 2019 and later in June, the third phase of the program will take-off in Colombo today - 17th July.

The internationally recognized Italian product designer, Giulio Vinaccia is scheduled to join the parallel design sessions held along with July 17 sessions.

The bamboo industry workshop launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in early 2019, introduces international bamboo craft expertise for local artisans for the first time.

The "Bamboo Processing Sri Lanka" project launched by UNIDO and funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) is done in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

The three-phase training program –of which the third commences on 17 July- is part of this "Bamboo Processing Sri Lanka"' project to develop Sri Lanka's bamboo supply chain and product industry. Training sessions of July 17 too will be guided by URAVU India (India’s Indigenous Science & Technology Study Centre).

• UNIDO-Ind. Ministry projects brings In’tl expertise to local sector
• Training takes place with Indian experts
• Italian Product Designer Giulio Vinaccia too joining the event

As an essential step of this project, UNIDO, in collaboration with the Industrial Development Board (IDB) under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, has launched the bamboo training program in early 2019.

The objective of the training program was to build the local capacities and transfer the necessary knowledge needed to work with bamboo, develop the sector, and create an eco-friendly practice in bamboo processing.

The first training held in January 2019 focused on sharing knowledge on “Bamboo Preservation and Treatment Methods,” which allowed beneficiaries to learn the skills of preservation while launching a value-added product to the market.

The second training held in June 2019 focused on sharing knowledge on “Basic Bamboo Handcraft Techniques.” The objective was to build a fundamental understanding of bamboo handcrafts and technology.

Following the first two successful workshops, UNIDO and IDB have decided to continue building local capacities by leading the next step in bamboo processing knowledge.

The third workshop that commences on 17th July focuses entirely on “Bamboo Product and Furniture Making” -to build an industrial approach to bamboo product and furniture making.

The training which starts on 17th will conclude on the 27th July 2019 at IDB premises, Ratmalana. The participants - who successfully completed the second training on bamboo craft techniques – are to have their skills enhanced by learning how to produce furniture in bamboo. The training will by guided, again, by URAVU. At the same time, a theoretical training on Design too will take place. This training module provides an in-depth preparation in design for international projects in creative industries, where design is considered as a key driver of economic and social development.

This workshop is held by an internationally recognized Italian product designer, Giulio Vinaccia. The Design training which starts on 22nd July will conclude on July 26, a day prior to end of main training sessions.

The design course addresses university graduates (Bachelor Degree) in the fields of design, marketing, architecture, and creative economy, to representatives of the National Design Center and Craft Council.

- Asian Tribune -

A trainer from India’s URAVU addresses the second bamboo industry training session held at IDB on 15 June 2019.
Participants at the second bamboo industry training session held at IDB on 15 June 2019.
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