A LOT of the handicraft items sold in Fiji is imported from overseas, says acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Speaking at the issuing of Fijian Crafted licences to 46 artisans in Nadi on Saturday, the A-G said in light of this it was important that Fijian crafted work be given some form of authenticity.
"Tourists from countries like Australia don't want to buy something that is not made in Fiji but they won't know the difference," he said.
"Obviously when people come to Fiji they want to buy Fijian-made products.
"The Ministry of Industry and Trade has got various ways of authenticating whether it is Fijian-made or not."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in certain cases, artefacts produced in the country could not be made entirely of Fijian ingredients.
"Obviously, there are some items that cannot be 100 per cent Fijian."
"The fishing line in shell necklaces may not be made in Fiji but the labour and the shells are from Fiji so we certify that to be Fijian-made.
"There has to be a high level of Fijian input into it — whether it's intellectual property, whether it's labour or whether it's the craftsmanship."
He informed the licence recipients of the importance of ensuring that all their products were authentic and of the highest quality.