International Craft Summit In Jajpur To Promote Odisha As Global Hotspot For Tourists
Jajpur: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the 3-day ‘International Craft Summit’, featuring pioneering craftspeople, culture, and art enthusiasts, in Odisha’s Jajpur.
Joining the programme on a virtual platform, the CM, “Jajpur was the ancient capital of Odisha. With its existing assets of religious tourism, urban tourism and Buddhist tourism, it has the potential to be a major tourist hub. The cultural heritage of Jajpur is reflected in its vibrant art forms.”
While four UN agencies and five UNESCO creative cities have partnered with the district for the summit, delegates from 15 countries are in the town to engage with local artisans and other stakeholders, an official release said.
He further spoke about his government’s efforts to develop Odisha as a global hotspot for tourists, provide livelihoods and employment opportunities, and make the state attractive to investors. “We are developing mechanisms for holistic development of our tourism, handloom and handicrafts sector. We have put in place various policies such as State Tourism Policy, Handicraft Policy, Apparel and Technical Textiles Policy. We are also opening art galleries at different places, organising heritage walks and taking many other initiatives to promote tourism and culture.”
Science & Technology Minister Ashok Panda, Rural Development Minister Priti Ranjan Ghadai, and Handloom, Textile & Handicrafts Minister Rita Sahu highlighted the cultural heritage of Odisha and its significance in the modern age.
Chief of UNESCO Culture Sector for South Asian countries, Junhi Han, appreciated the efforts for promotion of local art, artists and artisans. Bollywood actor Dia Mirza also attended.