DITF starts in a new location



Visitors entering the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair which opened yesterday at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Photo: Anisur Rahman

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Visitors entering the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair which opened yesterday at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Yesterday, the 26th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) opened its doors to visitors at its new premises at Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal, showcasing products from around the world.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually inaugurated the fair, attended by some 227 companies from 11 countries, including India, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand and South Korea, alongside those from Bangladesh.

There are 23 pavilions, 27 mini-pavilions and 162 stalls, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said at a press conference on the premises on Friday.

Visiting hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be extended by one hour on weekends, he said.

The entrance fee for adults has been set at 40 Tk and minors at 20 Tk. No fees are applicable to freedom fighters, a statement from the Commerce Ministry said.

Some 30 buses run a shuttle service between DITF and Kuril Bishwa Road, at Tk 30 per person, Munshi said, adding that there are also 15 grocery stores.

As defined by the EPB, foreign companies must pay $ 6,500 to rent a small booth and $ 9,000 for a large one.

In the case of local businesses, the lowest rent for a stand is Tk 1.55 lakh while the highest is Tk 17 lakh.

The new site is home to the country’s largest multi-purpose trade exhibition complex, built in cooperation with the Chinese government at a cost of Tk 817 crore.

Sitting on more than 26 acres, the two-story complex has 33,000 square meters of floor space, of which 24,370 square meters are intended to be used for exhibits. There are also 800 stands to display the products.

In addition, the facility has 7,912 square meters of parking space that can accommodate 1,000 cars.

The center also has a multipurpose room with a capacity of 473 people seated as well as a conference room with 50 seats. In addition, there are six trading rooms, a large cafeteria, an open space for children and various amenities.

Traditionally inaugurated by the Prime Minister, the annual fair was canceled last year for the fallout from Covid-19.

The Ministry of Commerce and EPB have jointly organized the fair since 1995 in the Agargaon district of the city.

However, the venue was moved to Purbachal as the previous one in Agargaon gradually proved too small to accommodate the ever-growing number of participants and visitors.


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