The 26th Dhaka International Trade Fair kicks off in Purbachal on Saturday

TBS Report

December 31, 2021, 4:35 PM

Last modification: December 31, 2021, 5:27 PM

The country’s only annual international trade fair will be inaugurated on Saturday at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal, on the outskirts of the capital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the fair virtually from his official Ganabhaban residence tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Trade Minister Tipu Munshi will preside over the ceremony, which will be attended by ministers, ministers of state, foreign ambassadors, political leaders, the chairman of the FBCCI and heads of various trade bodies.

This year, 23 pavilions, 27 mini pavilions, 162 booths and 15 food stalls were rented to various local and international organizations.

The Ministry of Commerce and the Export Promotion Board (EPB) jointly organized for the first time the 26th edition of the fair at the Purbachal site. The government changed the venue from Agargaon to Purbachal as the previous location is too small to accommodate a large number of participants and visitors.

The next Dhaka International Trade Fair, which will start on January 1, 2022, will be held at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Photo: Mumit M

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The next Dhaka International Trade Fair, which will start on January 1, 2022, will be held at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Photo: Mumit M

The Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center, constructed at a cost of Tk 817 crore, comprises a total of 33,000 square meters of floor space. The auditorium inside the exhibition building has a cafeteria that can accommodate at least 500 people at a time.

In addition to stalls and trade pavilions, there will be food courts, toilets and a children’s play area at the fair.

The door to the International Trade Fair will open at 10 a.m. daily and close at 9 p.m. except on public holidays when the fair will continue until 10 p.m. Each adult visitor will have to pay Tk 40 for entry tickets while for minors the ticket price has been set at Tk 20.

The next Dhaka International Trade Fair, which will start on January 1, 2022, will be held at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Photo: Mumit M

The next Dhaka International Trade Fair, which will start on January 1, 2022, will be held at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Photo: Mumit M