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President Message
Masood Soltanifar

The wise measures of the Government of Prudence and Hope has promoted the Islamic Republic of Iran's position in the region and across the globe. This promising position has opened a new chapter in Iran’s history. Choosing Isfahan as the venue for the 18th General Assembly of World Crafts Council, has provided Iran, which is home to one of the richest cultures in the world, a unique opportunity to introduce its magnificent arts and handicrafts to the world. We hope that the 18th General Assembly of WCC brings about economic developments in arts and crafts.

Being chosen to be the host of this event is a great honor and privilege for us. I would like to congratulate all Iranians, and especially warmheartedIsfahanis, for this significant accomplishment.

We hope thatthe other cities of our beautiful motherland experience more successes in the near future.

Masood Soltanifar

Vice-President of I.R. Iran & President of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Organization (ICHTO)

Dr. Bahman Namvar Motlagh

Handicrafts Deputy

Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization & Vice-President of Asia Pacific Region-West Asia Sub-region

Thank You Letter

Thank you for your generosity and hospitality in proposing to WCC Secretariat to host the 18th World Crafts Council General Assembly in Isfahan-Iran between 22nd to 29th September 2016, Your proposal was successfully conveyed to the WCC Board by Dr. Ghada Hijjawi-Qaddumi, President of WCC Asia-Pacific Region.

We are pleased to inform you that on April 10th, 2016, WCC Board Meeting was held in Beijing, China, and it was agreed by the convening WCC Board that Isfahan will be the venue for hosting the 18th WCC General Assembly during 22nd -29 September 2016. Congratulations on choosing Isfahan as the venue for WCC 18th General Assembly.

According WCC has 2 flagship programs, WCC Craft City program and Award of Excellence program, so I would like to suggest having workshop for each of it during GA. I believe all the crafts cities officials and craftspeople will happy to participate it. It also will be a good opportunity for Isfahan, Tehran and Tabriz to have good communications with all the crafts cities.

We thank you once again for your offer and kind hospitality to host the 18th WCC General Assembly, assuring you of extending to you WCC's cooperation and assistance in order to make WCC 18th Assembly 2016 in Isfahan a complete success.

Yours sincerely,

Wang Shan

President of World Craft Council

Dr.Ghada Hijjawi-Qaddumi

President - WCC-Asia Pacific Region

To, H.E. Dr.Masoud Soltamifar

Vice-President of I.R. Iran & President of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Organization (ICHTO)

Dear H.E. Dr.Masoud Soltanifar,

It is my honor to accept your gracious invitation for the World Crafts Council-18th General Assembly to be held, during Sept 22–29, 2016, in Isfahan-Iran, sent through your esteemed (ICHTO) Deputy, Dr. Bahman Namvar Motlagh.

The approval of Isfahan’s proposal, by the majority of the World Crafts Council Board in its meeting on April 10, 2016, to host the WCC 18" G.A., was a reflection of Isfahan's world-wide cultural and historical reputation. In fact, I share Your Excellency’s happiness, that of Dr. Bahman Namvar Motlagh, Dr.Ferydun Allahyari, the people of Isfahan City in particular, and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran in general, for this result.

With my many thanks for the invitation, I extend my congratulations to Your Excellency and all concerned.

Looking forward to meeting Your Excellency again in Isfahan, on such a great occasion and global event,

Sincerely,

President, WCC-Asia Pacific Region (2013-2016)

The message of Dr. Bahman Namvar Motlagh

Metropolitans, which are the perfect manifestation of man’s thoughts and ideas of cultures, are one of the greatest achievements of human beings. The origin of civilization dates back to the rapid growth of cities and history of cities has developed parallel to the history of civility. However, the passage of time has not mitigated its significance but rather elevated its importance in human life.

Today, more than any time, cities play a pivotal role in human life. Considering that cities are a manifestation of the imaginations and ideas of their citizens, each city possess a unique identity.

Possessing culturally distinct features, Isfahan has flourished as a unique city with all of the peculiarities distinguishing it from other cities. Due to its culturally rich identity, unique handicrafts, and its beautiful historical attractions, it never fails to enchant its visitors. This led to the Persian proverb "Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast" (Isfahan is half of the world). The history of handicrafts in this city can be traced to the ancient times. It is so interwoven in the identity of this city that it is difficult to imagine one without the other. This unique feature has attracted the attention of the World Craft Council and UNESCO, so that Isfahan has received the title of the “World City of handicrafts” and the “creative city of handicrafts.”

Now, Isfahan is going to host one of the greatest events in the world of handicrafts, namely the 18th general assembly of the World Crafts Council. We hope that Iran, particularly the city of Isfahan, can play perfect host to the guests and members of WCC from across the world.

Bahman Namvar Motlagh

The Deputy of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Organization (ICHTO)