Dhaka – Bangladesh’s annual trade fair begins in Dhaka with many local and international merchants and companies joining it on the New Year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the business gathering styled Dhaka International Trade Fair 2018 in the city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Agargaon on Monday.
The Prime Minister greeted the nation on the occasion of the New Year of the Georgian calendar saying that the upcoming year would bring luck for the country and its people as well.
“It is my hope that the New Year will bring progress and development,” she said inaugurating the 23rd DITF.
Cabinet members, members of parliament, senior officials and business leaders attended the inauguration of the month-long fair.
The entry-fee of the fair was fixed at 30 taka for adults and 20 taka for children. The fair will be open every day from 10am to 10pm until January 31.
A total of 589 pavilions and stalls, with 112 large pavilions and 77 mini-pavilions, have been installed in the fair premises. Foreign companies from Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Iran, Turkey, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, the US, the UK, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius and South Korea have confirmed their participation.
A documentary film on Bangladesh’s development was screened at the start of the event, where Export Promotion Bureau Vice Chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee gave the introductory speech.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Commerce Chairman Tajul Islam Choudhury and Commerce Secretary Subhasish Basu and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Md Shafiul Alam also spoke on the ocassion.