Due to the growing situation in Corona, the duration of Dhaka International Trade Fair is not being extended this year. Therefore, the month-long fair is coming to an end on Monday (January 31, 2022) at Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal of the capital.
Officials of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), the organizer of the fair, said traders and gate leasing companies participating in the fair had not made any formal request for extension. Apart from that, no instruction has been received from the Ministry of Commerce to extend the time of the fair, so the time limit of the fair is not increasing.
In previous years, fair times were extended at the request of traders. The last time the fair was extended in 2019 and 2020. And because of Corona, the trade fair was not organized in 2021. However, the deadline is not being extended this year even though the trade fair is going on till the scheduled time.
Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed, director of the trade fair and secretary of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), said, “We are preparing to end the fair. We have not received any official instruction from the government to extend the time of the fair. And no one else has applied for an extension. So the fair is coming to an end on time. We also want the fair time not to increase. ‘
Mr. Saidur Rahman, manager of Mir Brothers, the company that leased the entrance or gate of the fair, said, “Last Friday, the attendance was much less than the previous Friday.” Attendance decreased as corona’s infections increased. So we also want to prevent the spread of corona through the fair. For this I did not apply for extension of fair time. The fair will end at the appointed time. ‘
The government recently imposed a three-point ban on new types of coronavirus as the transmission of ammonia increased. In the last instruction, all the government, semi-government, autonomous and non-government offices of the country were instructed to be run with half of the officers and employees including closing down the educational institutions. Earlier, 11-point instructions were given including closing the meeting. It called on the government not to hold more than 100 rallies on social, political, religious and state occasions.
The organizers kept the fair in compliance with the health rules as there was no specific mention about the trade fair due to restrictions. Authorities took several steps to ensure hygiene, including conducting a mobile court at the fair grounds. Failure to wear a mask and breaking the hygiene rules are punishable regularly.
This year’s trade fair was held for the first time at Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center (BBCFEC) at its new address in Purbachal. The fair had a total of 23 pavilions, 27 mini pavilions, 162 stalls and 15 food stalls of local and foreign organizations.