CAPAM delegates awed by local arts and crafts exhibition

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DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 22, 2018

Scores of the participants attending Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) conference, on Monday, where afforded the opportunity to view the various aspect of the Guyanese’ culture at an exhibition held at Umana Yana.

The art and craft exhibition showcased locally made jewellery, ceramics, pottery and paintings that spotlighted the use of local products and the country’s diversity.

Kundra Kumar, India representative, said this exhibition is one that he appreciates since art and culture are often overlooked.

“I love to thank your government for preserving the manufacture of local handicraft as it is a declining art. However, in this exhibition, the persons who have made the handicraft pieces have done an excellent job, especially the use of local products. It is very commendable that the government is preserving this aspect whilst also providing job opportunities,” Kumar said.

Emma Doyle, representing the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, noted that the green aspect of the products exhibited is one, she will support as it benefits the country and its resources.

“Whenever I travel, I look for things that are unique and special…in some places you see and buy the same things over and over again … but coming here it has been fun finding sustainable products. A Green Guyana is something I would like to support,” Doyle said.

Dr. John-Mary Kauzya, United Nations (UN) representative said the exhibition presented the delegates with an occasion to view the beauty and diversity of Guyana. Dr. Kauzya disclosed that initially, he was unsure what to expect in the exhibition.  However, “I liked what I saw in the exhibition…as I look at some of the artwork and craft it reflects the many cultures I did not know exists in Guyana…the sellers, in particular, were very helpful in explaining the significance of some of the items that had me puzzled and everything here has a backstory to it that I like.”

The three-day Biennial Conference is being hosted under the theme, “Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance.” The forum is a platform for public service managers, to collaborate and find consensus in addressing the effects of climate change whilst safeguarding economic growth.

By: Neola Damon

Images: Jameel Mohamed