Bali`s handicraft exports to east Europe reach US$2.1 million

Denpasar (Antara News) - Bali`s handicraft exports to East Europe during the January-September period in 2007 reached a total value of US$2.1 million, the head of Bali`s industry and trade office`s foreign trade section, Ni Wayan Kusumawathi, said here Monday.

Bali`s exports of non-oil/non-gas commodities were encouraging and the province was expected to maintain its performance, Ni Wayan said.

The handicraft products mostly ordered by East European importers from Bali were wooden household utensils, plaited items and bamboo handicraft articles besides garments and toys, she said.

She said that the East European countries which imported Balinese handicraft products included Norway, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Rumania and Ukraine.

The great demand for Bali`s handicraft products was thanks to some East European businesspeople who once paid a business visit to the resort island for several days three years ago.

The 25 East European business people visited Bali at the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Ministry to observe conditions and tourist sites in the province, she said.

During their stay in Bali, they observed the hospitality of the local people, arts and culture as well as the environment and handicraft centers in Ubud, Mas and Sukawati, she said.

Due to further contacts between the two countries` business people, the value of Bali`s exports to East Europe had significantly increased, she said. (*)
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