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DITF begins, but not in full swing

Many stalls, pavilions still remain incomplete

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A few visitors are seen at the gate of the Dhaka International Trade Fair 2014 at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Saturday. The month-long fair was inaugurated on the day with a large number of stalls and pavilions still remaining incomplete. — New Age photoA few visitors are seen at the gate of the Dhaka International Trade Fair 2014 at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Saturday. The month-long fair was inaugurated on the day with a large number of stalls and pavilions still remaining incomplete. — New Age photo

The Dhaka International Trade Fair 2014, the 19th edition of the annual event, was on Saturday inaugurated with a large number of stalls and pavilions still remaining incomplete.
During a visit, this correspondent found only 60 per cent stalls and pavilions operating in full swing though a good number of visitors were seen on the fair premises after the inauguration of the fair by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Export Promotion Bureau and the commerce ministry are jointly organising the month-long fair at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital.
Nearly 500 shops are displaying products like furniture, home appliances, leather and leather goods, footwear, sports goods, textile, cosmetics, dairy products, electrical and electronic items, food, tableware, melamine, plastic goods, handicrafts and garment products at the fair, being participated by 12 countries.
Maliha Harun, a resident of Badda, said she was stopped by the security personnel when she was walking towards the pavilion of Singer as it was not completed yet.
Like Singer, stalls of Hometex, Dhaka Dyeing, Fuji Film, Iranian pavilions and Indian pavilions were found incomplete.
Sadek Ali, the owner of Meem Zamdani House, who was found decorating his stalls, told New Age that due to recent blockades and strikes by the 18-party alliance they could not bring their products on the venue on time.
Different furniture houses like Navana and Hatil are offering various ranges of discount for visitors at the fair.
A salesman of Partex Furniture said it is offering 18 per cent discount on its products.
Women were seen gathering at different stalls of household items to buy their necessary kitchen utensils.
Miyako bought a new item ‘Energy Saving Stove’ which costs at Tk 18,500. According to its salesmen, by this stove people can cook curry by four minutes, meat by seven minutes and rice by five minutes. Besides, the company is offering 10 gift items for the buyers of the stove.
Ibrahim, manager of Delhi Aluminium, said, ‘This year we are confused about setting any target of sales and profit due to political unrest.’
The entry fee for the fair has been set at Tk 30 for adult and Tk 20 for children. The fair will remain open from 10:00am to 10:00pm till February 10.
The United News of Bangladesh adds: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, speaking at a function after inaugurating the fair, urged the businessmen to diversify their products for capturing new export markets across the globe reducing their dependence on the traditional markets, and also asked them to take steps for expanding their local markets.
She asked the factory owners to look after their workers’ properly and assured them of all-out government support in the future.
About various government facilities for the development of the country’s industrial sector, Hasina said more facilities were waiting for them to recoup the losses they suffered in recent months because of political unrest.
‘After forming the new government, we’ll give you some more facilities,’ she assured the businessmen.
Apart from Bangladesh, the other participating countries are China, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, the USA, Pakistan, Turkey and Singapore.
The organisers are expecting that the country will fetch higher export orders through the mega trade event this year. Businesses got orders worth Tk 157 crore at the last year’s DITF.
The government has deployed additional security personnel to ensure foolproof security of the fair.
The fair was originally scheduled to begin on January 1 but deferred by 10 days following frequent requests made by the participants.




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