Even in the midst of the Corona epidemic, there was an overflowing crowd of buyers and visitors towards the end of the Dhaka International Trade Fair. The first few days after the inauguration of the fair at the permanent complex of Purbachal on January 1, the visitors were a little. On the last day of the fair on January 31, there was a huge crowd of buyers and visitors. Only people and people at the fair since noon. Shoppers flock from one stall to another to buy their favorite items. The stalls were so crowded that the vendors were scrambling to get the products of their choice. And the discount on the last day was more than the other day.
Traders said they feared financial losses if the fair was not held at first. But in the end, they made up for the loss. It is to be hoped that in the midst of the Corona epidemic, the Dhaka International Trade Fair has ordered the export of goods worth about USD 16 million or Tk 138 crore in Bangladeshi currency. Besides, products worth around Tk 40 crore have been sold at the fair. From which VAT has been collected about Tk 1 crore 50 lakh.
This information was given at a function organized on the occasion of the closing of the month-long fair. Textile and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi was the chief guest at the event organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Export Development Bureau at Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Special guests were Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and FBCCI President Jasim Uddin. Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce presided over the function. AHM Ahsan, Vice Chairman, Export Development Bureau also delivered the welcome address. Golam Dastagir Ghazi said that at one time it was not possible to set up industrial factories in the country due to lack of electricity. But today Bangladesh is self-sufficient in electricity.
Tipu Munshi said that this year’s trade fair ended in a very unfavorable environment. The government has taken all possible steps to increase the country’s exports. Stating that Bangladesh will become a developing country in 2026, he said that then there will not be many trade facilities as an LDC country. We have to compete and move forward. Then you have to sign PTA or FTA and take advantage of trade. He said work was underway to sign trade agreements with four countries this year. Medals were awarded to 42 participants in 12 categories, 10 officials from different departments and 27 organizations for their special contribution to the fair.
It may be mentioned that the Dhaka International Trade Fair has been organized since 1995 with the joint initiative of the Ministry of Commerce and the Export Development Bureau to assist in the promotion, dissemination, marketing and production of domestic products. This time the fair is being held for the first time in the permanent complex of Purbachal. A total of 23 pavilions, 27 mini pavilions, 162 stalls and 15 food stalls of different categories were allotted at the trade fair. Built on 26 acres of land in Sector 4, Purbachal Suburbs of Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj, this modern complex has car parking, conference room, meeting room, press center, reception room, trade information center and dormitory with modern facilities. The exhibition center also has its own substation and service room with round-the-clock CCTV cameras, state-of-the-art systems to ensure security.
If Corona epidemic is to be more lasting, then economic activities must be maintained in it as well. Economic activities like international fairs and exhibitions should also be continued. In this regard, other countries of the world are also moving forward by tackling the situation. We also have to look at that. If necessary, arrangements should be made to observe 100% hygiene rules. There is no substitute for strict enforcement of the law, just as there is a need for public awareness in establishing discipline.