Despite the fact that the craftsmen and their workers in the Damascus Countryside Governorate were affected by the repercussions of the war against Syria, like the rest of the work sectors, and despite the great difficulties, most of the craftsmen continued their work and did not leave the markets.
In a statement to SANA, Muhammad Abdo al-Khatib, head of the Craftsmen Union in Damascus countryside, indicated the importance of supporting craftsmen and securing the raw materials needed to continue their work and to develop and increase the production process within the program to replace imports alternatives, pointing to the importance of supporting some crafts that provide part of the industrial sector’s need of spare parts and production machines such as lathe and metal forming.
He said: There are 14 crafts areas distributed over the governorate’s regions, including Al-Salima, Al-Tal, Adra Industrial, Adra Al-Balad, Al-Nabek, Yabroud, Al-Tal, Al-Sabourah, Hosh Blas, Fadloun and Tal Al-Kurdi, pointing out that there are 26,000 affiliated craftsmen distributed among 32 craft associations, in addition to the presence of a large number of craftsmen not affiliated with the union.
Al-Khatib spoke about the advantages of affiliation with the Crafts Union because of the facilities it provides to work, such as securing fuel and industrial gas for artisans affiliated outside the craft areas through specialized committees, in addition to their inclusion in the services of the Social Assistance Fund, pointing out that there is coordination with the Damascus Countryside Governorate to include all craftsmen in the craft organization through the requirement of having a certificate Verbatim when granting the administrative license to the craftsman.
Al-Khatib said: There is a plan to rehabilitate the craft training center in Mleiha, which was sabotaged by terrorists, which will provide artisans with training opportunities for all crafts, in addition to the existence of a production center affiliated to the Heritage Crafts Association in al-Tal, which includes 25 workshops employing more than 40 craftsmen in mosaic and ceramic crafts. To the crafts union’s endeavor to revitalize the craftsmanship reality and shed light on this important sector, especially providing all support to rehabilitate the damaged craft facilities and encourage craftsmen to return to production and contribute to securing the requirements of the reconstruction process.
Some craftsmen spoke of difficulties in developing their work, especially the difficulty of securing energy carriers and the high prices of raw materials, and demanded the concerned authorities to provide full support for their work, such as providing places dedicated to craft production and establishing specialized vocational training centers to qualify new craftsmen and establishing permanent places to display and sell craft products in addition to establishing medical points and centers Extinguishing craft areas, granting soft loans, and reducing taxes and fees resulting from importing raw materials.
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