PALAU BILL PROPOSES TO BAN FOREIGN-MADE HANDICRAFTS

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KOROR, Palau (July 30, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---Delegate Noah Secharraimul has proposed a law that would prohibit the importation and sale of foreign-made handicrafts in Palau, saying they "cripple" the businesses of local craftspeople.

His proposed law would impose a fine of US$ 1,000 for each handicraft imported or sold.

He said: "Locally made storyboards, hand woven purses, miniature bais (meeting houses) and carved coconut products are attractive purchases for tourists and provide an additional source of income from the tourist trade.

"Many of these items are made locally but reproductions imported from the Philippines and other countries are often of inferior quality."

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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