Preparation for international trade fair is going on at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka

Published : 21 Dec 2019 08:06 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 04:07 PM

Local and international entities are busy decorating their stalls. This is also a busy time for the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Ministry of Commerce, WASA, Power department, Home Ministry and officials of the department of Works .

Commerce Ministry sources say that if everything goes as per plan then the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) will begin from Jan 1, 2020.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate the fair at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi will preside.

Sources say that to make the trade fair attractive, the history of Bangladesh and traditions will be presented. 

Stalls have already been allotted and from Dec 22 invitations will be sent out.

This year, there will be 441 stalls. Last year the number was 550. The number of general stalls was brought down to 50 from 250.

Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Vice Chairman Fatema Yasmin said: “Preparations are underway for the fair, keeping in focus the 100 birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, A pavilion is being designed.”

There will be eco-parks on both sides of the fair along with a digital experience centre, through which, buyers and visitors will be able to find stalls. 

The fair will be open from 10am till 10pm and tickets will cost Tk 40 for adults and Tk 20 for minors.

Eight pavilions and 6 mini pavilions have been reserved for government agencies. 

Institutes from Malaysia, China, Britain, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Iran, Turkey, Singapore, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam and others will take part.

Cosmetics, herbal products, food items, electronic items, imitation jewellery, leather and ceramic items will be sold.

The Commerce Minister said: “The fair will be more attractive this year the Bangabandhu pavilion is being built with special care and enough open space is being kept for visitors to walk around. The relevant department will ensure the quality of the products to be sold at the fair.” To prevent any problem, mobile courts would be in ready, added the minister.