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Salon International de L Artisanat de Ouagadougou International Arts and Crafts Trade Show of Ouagadougou (SIAO).

For 20 years now Burkina Faso has been striving to offer Africa a channel to improve on the know-how and genius of its craftsmen. SIAO most of the time is a springboard for artisans who distribute their products in both local and international market. In fact, since its institutionalization in 1989, the trade show promoted a lot of craftsmen and helped them establish fruitful business contacts which noticeably increased their activities.
From one edition to the other, "SIAO" has positioned itself as an absolute must of Africa's handicraft showcase. Today, SIAO is celebrating its 20 years. Still atypical, the trade show keeps on improving its services for professional visitors: conferences, workshops, specialised exhibitions, everything is set up in order to ease trade relationships between craftsmen and buyers.

As owner of the exhibition site, SIAO plays a permanently artistic, cultural and commercial promotion role.

Missions of SIAO
As set forth by government policy, SIAO serves the following missions :
  • Provide a framework for promoting and exchanging African handicrafts so as to facilitate their access in international markets;
  • Initiate and organize reflection and counselling on issues pertaining to the development of handicraft in African countries;
  • Encourage the export and introduction of African handicraft as a means for cultural expression;
  • Contribute to the training and organization of craftsmen and women in the area of marketing and promotion.
Objectives of SIAO
On a cultural level:
  • Create and expand craftsmen's own reference framework through an appropriate training;
  • Develop an open creative trend, with patterns protected as much as possible, but efficiently;
  • Improve cultural heritage value.
On an economic and social level:
  • Develop resources which can contribute to a country's economic, social and cultural balance through promotion of handicraft;
  • Increase craftsmen's and women's purchasing power;
  • Keep artisans in their everyday living place, thereby preventing rural exodus;
  • Develop tourism.
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