Chris Cardona launches 2013 Maltese Craftsmanship Awards
During a news conference , the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, Dr Chris Cardona , launched the fourth edition of the 2013 Maltese Craftsmanship Awards. Minister Cardona said that the Government considers the field of crafts as a contributor to the country's economy , as well as a living heritage of our culture and Maltese skills .
"The Government is committed to following the launch with projects and initiatives that help in the understanding and the preservation of Maltese cultural traditions and crafts to these are not lost but passed on as a legacy to future generations . Along with these projects we are going to also see new incentives to assist in marketing , even abroad, of the Maltese craft."
Minister Chris Cardona said that Malta has potential in this sector which is also reflected in the amount of interest that generates such a competition. The Craftsmanship Award Tribute to Malta this year will have a prize fund of €85,000. He said that in an attempt to improve the contest, before the edition of this year there was a consultation exercise with all the artisans who are registered with the Malta Council for Craft, which amounted to about 1,200, where they were asked to express their opinion and make comments or suggestions on various aspects of competition. Some suggestions were welcomed and will be applied in the procedure that will be held to find the competition this year.
Dr Chris Cardona thanked the department of trade and the Maltese artisans for their skill and dedication at keeping Maltese culture and traditions alive for the generations of today and tomorrow.
In the first part of the selection there is a shortlisting of 15 products by the Selection Committee. Then in the second and final part of the selection five winning products are selected with ten other finalists declared.
Each of these five winners is awarded €10,000 and a trophy. This prize money will be awarded in two separate payments : 50% (equivalent to €5,000) awarded at the ceremony of awards. The other 50% (equivalent to €5,000) awarded if the Department of Commerce is satisfied that, in the six months immediately after the awards, the winner has continued to invest to improve its industrial activity (eg investment in marketing, research, training, information technology, improvements or structural repairs etc. . ). The ten finalists are awarded prize money of €1,000 and a trophy each. This award is given without any condition.
Category 2 will be open to initiatives that have excelled in some way or another in teaching or research, or in the promotion or sale of Maltese crafts. This category will be open to individuals, institutions or businesses that have taken some initiative as mentioned above . There will be one winner in this category and will receive a prize of €10,000 and a trophy. There will also finalists will receive a prize of €5,000 and a trophy.
As in the case of the first category, the prize of €10,000 will be awarded in two separate payments: 50% (equivalent to € 5,000) given during the ceremony of awards. The other 50% (equivalent to € 5,000) awarded if the Department of Commerce is satisfied that , in the six months immediately after the awards , the winner has continued to invest to improve his handicraft activity.