Dhaka International Trade Fair 2022 starts at Purbachal

Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center. File photo


Dhaka International Trade Fair

Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center. File photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the 26th edition of the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) declaring ICT products and services as the “Products of the Year 2022”.

The country’s largest annual trade and business event is being held for the first time at its permanent venue – “Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center” – in Purbachal, on the outskirts of the capital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the fair virtually from his official residence Gono Bhaban.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi presided over the ceremony jointly organized by the Ministry of Commerce and the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Md Jashim Uddin and Export Promotion Board (EPB) Vice Chairman AHM Ahsan also spoke during the program .

This year, a total of 225 booths, including 23 pavilions, 27 mini pavilions, 160 booths and 15 food stalls, were rented to various local and international organizations.

The site will include a prayer hall, children’s play area, offices, medical rooms, rooms for officials and stores.

Previously it was held in Agargaon but it was too small to accommodate the large number of participants and visitors.

The door to the international lounge will open daily at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. On public holidays, the fair will run until 10 p.m. The ticket price for adults has been set at 40 Tk and 20 Tk for minors.

The government will provide transportation facility as 30 BRTC buses have been put into operation in this regard. These will run from the Kuril flyover instead of the fairground from 8am to 10pm daily. Visitors will be able to travel on these buses with a minimum fare of 30 Tk.

The Dhaka International Trade Fair was first held in 1995. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible to hold the fair last year.

This year, the fair was organized keeping in mind the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu, the golden jubilee of independence and the development activities of the government.

Traders from more than 11 countries participate in the fair.

A documentary on the country’s development, especially trade and commerce, was screened during the broadcast.