PM Hasina inaugurates Dhaka International Trade Fair

PM Sheikh HasinaFile photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) at Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre (BBCFEC) at Purbachal.

Six foreign countries -- Turkey, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Iran -- alongside local companies are taking part in the 28th edition of the fair where exhibitors will showcase products.

The prime minister also declared Handicrafts Products as the product of the year for 2024.

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State minister for commerce Ahsanul Islam, commerce secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Mahbubul Alam and vice-chairman of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) AHM Ahsan were also present on dais.

The fair will continue from 21 January to 20 February. The commerce ministry and the EPB have been organising trade fairs since 1995.

The DITF usually commences on 1 January each year. However, the EPB postponed the fair due to the 12th national elections held on 7 January.

The trade fair will run from 10 am to 9 pm daily and to 10 pm on weekends. The entry fee is Tk 50 for adults and Tk 25 for children. Freedom fighters and the physically challenged people need no fee.

The prime minister also declared Handicrafts Products as the product of the year for 2024

BRTC buses have been arranged from Farmgate and Kuril Biswa Road to the fair premises for the convenience of general visitors.

A total of 330 stalls have been allotted along with 23 pavilions and 27 mini pavilions.

There will also be 15 food stalls of different categories which can accommodate up to 500 people.

There are also a prayer room, children's playground, media corner, office rooms, medical rooms, guest-rooms for officials, and stores.
The parking area can provide facilities for 500 vehicles.