Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) has been established in July 2011 in pursuant to the Executive Order No. C-2/198 dated August 2010 of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and subsequent approval by the Lhengye Zhuntshog on the governance and resource vide letter no. C-3/831 dated 19th January 2011. Broadly, APIC under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) shall be responsible for the execution of crafts and related initiatives under the Accelerating Socio Economic Development (ABSD) project, with the support from other relevant agencies of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

The Agency envisages being an autonomous and non-profit largely self sustaining entity and its governed by Board of Directors represented by key stakeholder agencies of both government and private sectors within its own service and financial rules.

Bhutan is well known for its rich culture and tradition. Bhutanese art and craft is  represented by 13 aspects arts and crafts. The Bhutanese artisans practiced these arts and crafts, collectively called Zorig Chusum, since time immemorial.

However, while we have been successful in preserving our Zorig Chusum, we have not been able to reap major economic benefits from this potential sector. Diagnostic studies on craft sector have indicated comparatively low productivity of the craft industry, low contribution to the national employment and revenue and low tourists spending on authentic Bhutanese crafts.
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