The 24th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) has kicked off on Wednesday at the Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, adjacent to Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.
President M Abdul Hamid inaugurated the month-long fair organised jointly by the Commerce Ministry and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on Tuesday wishing success of the fair.
President Abdul Hamid hoped that the arrangement will make a positive contribution to local economy by establishing a link between local and foreign investors and customers.
He said specific action plan has been taken with a view to turning Bangladesh into a middle-income country by the year 2021 and a developed one by 2041.
“I think that the Dhaka International Trade Fair would be able to play an important role in implementing the multi-faceted economic plan and rapid development of the economy. The fair is very important to bring the producers, exporters, importers, traders and the consumers under a single platform. I hope the DITF’s arrangements will be more attractive through displaying quality goods and services,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in her message that the international fair will create opportunities for sharing knowledge, skill, experiences, culture and technology with the entrepreneurs of other countries which would contribute to sustain in a competitive global trading system.
“Bangladeshi entrepreneurs will face multi-dimensional challenges when it will graduate from its LDC status. I urge the local business communities to comply with the local and international business norms and UN principles of sustainability to realize our dream, to be a developed country by 2041,” the premier said.
The prime minister said the government has been providing different incentive to diversify products and export-market, improve quality of products and enhance market competitiveness. It has been supporting the industries relentlessly’ for setting up environment-friendly green industries, using advanced technology, applying innovation techniques ensuring labor welfare and improving working environment.
She hoped that the fair will contribute to spread innovations amongst the local entrepreneurs in improving competitiveness and long term business relationship with their local and global partners for mutual benefits and sustainable development.
Sources said all preparation has been taken to hold the fair in a peaceful atmosphere and the fair will remain open for visitors from 10 am to 10 pm up to February 8.
A total of 550 stalls and pavilions including 60 premium pavilions, 38 premium mini pavilions, 20 reserved pavilions for women, 26 foreign pavilions, 18 general pavilions and 22 food stalls have been set up for the fair venue.
Different organisations from India, Bhutan, Pakistan, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Nepal, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, the Maldives, Mauritius, Russia, Iran and Swaziland are participating in the fair.