Visitors’ turn out breaks all records at Dhaka trade fair

The daily turn out of visitors broke all previous records at Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF’ 14) on Friday. The fair has turned into a get-together for the city dwellers on the third public holiday after the country’s biggest trade show began on January 11.

Encouraged by favourable weather, political stability and eye-catching recreation centres for children, thousands of dwellers especially youths along with their friends and family members flocked the ticket counters rushing to enter the fair premises at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city, reports BSS.

ditfDaily turn out of visitors broke all previous records as officials in the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), co-host of the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF-14), said daily over one lakh visitors are visiting the show.

“Around one lakh visitors are visiting the trade show every day outnumbering the presence of previous year,” Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Member Secretary of DITF’14 and Deputy Director of EPB, told BSS.

“My son Samayel was almost locked at home for the last couple of months due to the unstable political situation.he was overwhelmed with joy all the way to fair premises,” Dr Fahrin Rahman Shamon, told this correspondent on the fair premises.

Zissan Alam, another visitor, said, “Every year I wait for the fair to purchase household necessities because I get discounts here. I use to come to the fair on every Friday round the month every year.”

Local and foreign participants are displaying an array of products especially in the show to woo buyers and visitors. Those products include electronics, traditional Jamdani products, jute and jute goods, leather and leather goods, export-oriented Readymade Garment (RMG) goods, furniture and handicrafts.

Majority of the visitors were seen assembling at different stalls that are displaying household items including crockery, plastic goods, and electronic goods.

Participants at the flagship trade show have expressed their satisfaction over the sales turnover as the presence of visitors is satisfactory.

Humayun Kabir, executive director (public relations) of Walton, said its products as a “Made in Bangladesh” already achieved the confidence of the country’s people because of its quality. “Our export performance is also good,” he added

“From the day one, our sales are satisfactory.we’re selling more smart phone than our other products” said Akramuzzaman Opu, in-charge of Walton Pavilion.

Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury, Pavilion in-charge of Sony Rangs, said, “We’re satisfied with the presence of visitors especially on the holidays.the presence of visitors is beyond our expectation today and that’s why our sale is good.”

Md Ayubur Rahman, owner of Salma Jamdani Weaving Factory, which is displaying Tangail Tant and Jamdani sarees, said the main objective of his company’s participation is to know the customers’ choice and attitude so that he can improve the quality of the items.

A total of 47 foreign companies from 12 countries including India and Pakistan are participating in the show where varieties of local and international products are being displayed in a total of 471 stalls of the show.

Jointly organised by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and Ministry of Commerce, the country’s flagship trade show has been taking place here since 1995.


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