Some 1,200 craftsmen participated in the National Crafts Fair, showcasing their products to domestic and foreign visitors. The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ricardo Quijano, said the Panamanian artisans, with their creativity and dedication, produced unique pieces with a blend of flavors and colors that reflect the country’s cultural roots inspired by its nature. Quijano argues that through the Indigenous Business Development Program (PRODEI), the ProCom and FINDEC Program, artisans can change their quality of life and obtain grants for access to multiple services, improve competitiveness at the micro and small businesses level nationwide. The Colon Free Zone, participated with a booth to promote the activities, benefits and trade flows taking place in this zone. The government has allocated resources and efforts to strengthen the country’s craft industry such as folklore and culture.