The 26th edition of the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) is starting today in the capital’s Purbachal. The information was given at a press conference organized by the Export Promotion Bureau at Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center (BBCFEC) on Friday.
It was also informed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the trade fair at BBCFEC in Purbachal. She will be present at the inaugural function via video conference from Ganabhaban on Saturday.
Speaking as the chief guest at the press conference, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said, “The trade fair was organized keeping in mind the COVID situation. Stalls have been reduced and more space has been kept. Many foreign companies did not come to the fair due to COVID. Because of the new venue, local companies did not provide stalls considering the investment risk.”
It was further informed at the press conference that the fair has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Export Promotion Bureau since 1995. However, this is the first time, a fair has been organized in a permanent fair complex. The fair will run from 10 am to 9 pm every day and till 10 pm on weekends. The entrance fee is Tk 40 for adults and Tk 20 rupees for minors.
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation’s (BRTC) Dedicated Service has been arranged from Kuril in the capital to DITF Premises for the convenience of general visitors. There will be 30 special buses from Kuril Bishwaroad in the capital to the trade fair. The rent is Tk 30 per person. BRTC buses will run from Motijheel and Mirpur to the fairgrounds.
It was informed at the press conference that a total of 23 pavilions, 27 mini pavilions, 162 stalls and 15 food stalls of different categories have been allotted to local and foreign companies in the trade fair – which is half that of the other year.
There will be foreign stalls of only 11 companies at the fair. Pavilions, mini pavilions and food stalls have been constructed outside the fair complex. At the fair, local textiles, machinery, carpets, cosmetics and beauty aids, electrical and electronics products, furniture, jute and jute products, home appliances, footwear and leather goods, sports items, sanitaryware, toys stationery, imitation jewelry, processed food, home decor products along with handicraft products will be displayed at the fair.