Tk 2 billion export orders at Dhaka Int'l Trade Fair

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 19:16, Feb 09, 2019 | Updated : 19:34, Feb 09, 2019

People throng the month-long 24th Dhaka International Trade Fair, which concludes on Saturday (Feb 9). Photo/Sazzad HossainBangladesh has drawn export orders of Tk 2 billion in the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) this year.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi revealed the information at the closing ceremony of the month-long expo on Saturday (Feb 9), reports BSS.
Last year, Bangladeshi businesses received orders of Tk 1.62 billion.
“Our exports still now depends heavily on the RMG sector, but there are more promising and potential export sectors in the country. We’ll have to give our attention there,” Minister Munshi told the closing ceremony.
He also underscored the need for infusing dynamism into some promising sectors like pharmaceuticals, furniture, leather, ICT, agricultural products, and shipbuilding.
The Hasina administration has been working tirelessly to boost the export trade to earn more foreign currency, Tipu said before adding that DITF mainly witnesses huge buying and selling of various products.
“But, still it has been able to fetch over Tk 2 billion in export orders. If there is a separate export fair in place, then it would be possible to get more export orders,” he added.
A permanent expo ground is being established at Purbachal where various types of fairs and exhibitions would be held round the year, said Munshi. “Country’s population is growing day by day and the DITF is being held every year on some 36 acres of land. We’ll have to think for a much bigger place in the future in this regard.”
Senior ruling party leader and lawmaker Tofail Ahmed, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Commerce Ministry, attended the event as the special guest.
“Bangladesh is now moving ahead speedily and it is now well ahead of Pakistan in all fields, even ahead of India in some fields. We’ll have to work together for ensuring the economic emancipation of the country,” he said.
Out of the total number of 605 enterprises that took part in the fair, there were some 52 foreign firms representing 22 countries. Some 42 best-performed organizations were given trophies in 13 categories. Besides, some 33 associate organizations were given crests while the highest VAT paying 3 firms were also awarded.
Tipu Munshi and Tofail Ahmed formally handed over these trophies and crests to the awardees.