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APIC to develop craft village in Thimphu

With an appropriate site finally identified the Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) will develop a craft village in Changzamdongthang, Thimphu.

The government of India is providing Nu 180 million to develop the village in a nine-acre area provided by His Majesty the King.

“We intended to develop a craft village in 2012 but there was no appropriate site,” said Chief Executive officer (CEO) of APIC, Lam Kezang Chhophel.

Lam Kezang Chhophel said the present craft line consisting of 18 stalls would not be shifted to Changzamdongthang where the craft village will be developed and will have plants and plantations related to arts and crafts.

“We are planning to construct traditional Bhutanese craft houses with only two floors,” the CEO said.

He also said that the highway diversion work going on since May 2017 might take seven months after which the craft village will be developed.

APIC was established in 2011 under the Ministry of Economic affairs to be responsible for the execution of crafts and related initiatives under the Accelerating Socio-Economic Development (ASED) project.

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