The annual showcase of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), a month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), will kick off on January 1 next year bringing a host of local and international manufacturers and retailers under a single square of open sky.
The fair organised by the Commerce Ministry and EPB will be held at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on the trade fair ground near to the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The EPB has already invited applications from local and foreign firms to participate the fair, Export Promotion Bureau Secretary Yousuf Ali said adding, "Preparations are on to hold the event on time. Hope, it will be completed by December 20."
Yousuf Ali, also a joint secretary, told the Daily Observer on last Thursday that around 580 stalls including pavilion, mini pavilions, premier pavilions and restaurants will be set up in the fair ground. Of those, a total of 378 stalls and 171 pavilions will be set up.
Among others, a stall will be set up to display about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and another for displaying the Sundarban. A total of 16 gardens, five islands, three fountains, one e-park, one shishu park and one e-shop will also be installed.
As ever, the event's main objective is to project the quality and variety of goods for export from Bangladesh to potential buyers from home and abroad, he further added.
The small-scale producers, who have no way to access international markets, from the remote areas of the country will have the opportunity to display their products to potential buyers from abroad at the DITF, said the EPB high official.
He said the overseas participants would have the opportunity to display their products to the Bangladeshi consumers. They will be given 17 premier stalls along with necessary general stalls.
He could not confirm the number of foreign participants and about the countries.
"IT could be known only after completion of the tender awarding process likely to be completed by December 20 this year," he added.
Besides, the participants will be able to identify business contacts with prospects of entering into subsequent business negotiations, he added.
He said tight security measures considering recent volatile situation will be taken. A security service center and four security towers will be installed to ensure safety of visitors. The trade fair organising committee has already had meeting with the law enforcement agencies in this regard.
The domestic market for consumer goods is expanding due to the fair. It has long acted also as a recreational event for the Dhaka dwellers as a regular feature of the winter social calendar.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the fair such as every year.