International Trade Fair begins tomorrow
The month-long 22th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2017 begins from Sunday with hopes of strong turnout, at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on the western side of Bangabandhu Interna-tional Conference Centre.
According to sources the fair has been jointly organized by Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and the Ministry of Commerce.
Meanwhile, all preparations for making the month-long trade fair successful has been completed, officials said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the trade fair at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Sunday morning. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed will preside over the inaugural session.
Hedayet Ullah Al Mamun, senior secretary of the Commerce Ministry, Mafruha Sultana, vice chairman of EPB and Abdul Matlub Ahmad, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry will also attend the programme.
According to sources, EPB the organizer of the fair will arrange a press conference on the premises of the fair in the city's Agargaon on Saturday 3pm. Commerce Minister will attend the press conference as chief guest.
The Commerce Minister said quality exportable goods of Bangladesh would be on display at the fair to the visitors from home and abroad. The local producers in the remote areas of rural Bangladesh who does not have financial strength to participate in International trade fair overseas will have the opportunity to display their products to the buyer from abroad at the fair, he added.
Commerce Minister said the DITF, which is being organised at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar for over two decades, will be shifted permanently to Purbachal area in 2018.
He said that the foreign participants will also have the opportunity to display their state-of-the-art technology to the local producers and exporters.
When visiting in DITF this correspondent found on Friday different organisations and companies were engaged in giving final touches to their respective stalls and pavilions. Most of the stalls and pavilions have already completed their decoration works.
However, an official of a renowned local company told the Daily Observer that they will be able to complete all decoration works by Saturday.
There will be 568 stalls and pavilions at the fair. EPB Vice-chairman told the Daily Observer, "We have taken all preparations to make DITF 2017 successful."
Asked whether the number of participating countries dropped this year on security grounds she said "We don't see any security reason. The countries which would not participate in the fair might have their own reasons, but not on security grounds." Security has improved a lot in the country, she added.
Trade Fair is displaying different varieties of products from local and foreign manufacturers. Such as garments, textiles, machineries, carpets, cosmetics and beauty products, electronic and leather goods, jute products, footwear, sports goods, sanitary wares, toys, stationeries, watch, jewellery, ceramics, table wares, cables, local clothing, melamine products, processed foods and food products, fast food, furniture etc.
Apart from host Bangladesh, a total of 20 countries including India, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, US, UK, Turkey and Singapore are taking part in the show.
According to the sources, a total of 553 stalls and pavilions in 13 categories have been allocated for the fair this year. DITF-2017 will boast 60 premier pavilions, 10 general pavilions, 3 reserved pavilions, 38 foreign pavilions, 36 premier mini pavilions, 13 general mini pavilions, 6 reserve mini pavilions, 25 food stalls and 5 restaurants.
Organisers said the government has taken additional safety measures, including setting up of close circuit cameras in and around the fair area to ensure security. RAB, Police, BGB and Ansar members and eight watch-towers, metal detectors and explosive-detector mirrors will be deployed in and around the fair ground.
The organizer will set up "Bangabandhu Pavilion" in the DITF to provide knowledge to the new generation about the country's liberation war. The pavilion will display photographs of the struggling life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, books on the war of liberation and many other relevant items.
Some innovative ideas and facilities are added to the fair. Such as artificial Sundarbans Eco park, DITF e-shop, medical centre, blood donation centre, folk songs, audio visual system, e-park for children, separate foreign zone, DITF countdown clock, Sakura garden, online facilities for tender notice.
Organisers expect an average of 1.20 lakh people to visit the fair every day, which will remain open from 10am to 10pm daily.
The entry fee has been set at Tk 30 for adults and Tk 20 for children. Last year, the number of stalls was 506 and only 31 organizations from twelve countries participated in the fair.
The country booked orders worth Tk 22.86 crore in 2010, Tk 25 crore in 2011, Tk 43.18 crore in 2012 and Tk 157.00 crore in DITF 2013, Tk 80.44 crore in 2014. The DITF-2015 bagged export orders worth Tk 95 crore while in last DITF, the exports orders stood at Tk 235 crore.