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Commerce Minister: DITF to be held if Covid-19 situation improves

  • Published at 03:53 pm February 7th, 2021
Dhaka International Trade Fair
File photo: Vendors attracting customers interested in home appliances at Dhaka International Trade Fair 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Possible date has been fixed after consulting with Export Promotion Bureau

Dhaka International Trade Fair (DIFT) 2021 will be arranged if the coronavirus situation improves, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said on Sunday.

The minister made the announcement at a virtual program at the Secretariat. Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming handed over the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre (BCFEC) to the minister virtually at the event. 

“A possible date was fixed upon consultation with the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) to arrange the trade fair and we got primary approval in this regard. Then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked us to go slow due to the coronavirus situation. The arrangement of the trade fair fully depends on the Covid-19 situation,” said Munshi. 

Although the trade fair was scheduled to be held at its permanent venue at the BCFEC in Purbachal, it is still uncertain when it will be arranged. 

The government has a plan to hold all trade and export exhibitions at the BCFEC from now on, said the minister. He also expressed hope that the centre will help boost export from Bangladesh. 

The work on the project began in October 2017 with an estimated cost of Tk1305.50 crore including Tk625.70 crore assistance from China. Chinese firm China State Construction Engineering implemented the project. 

The BCFEC has all the requirements for a world-class venue including hall rooms, conference centres, trade information centres, meeting halls, press centre, service rooms, modern car parking, round-the-clock CCTV and even its own power substation. 

According to the EPB, there were 483 stalls of different organizations from 21 countries including Bangladesh in the 25th edition. Around Tk200 crore in export orders were received by Bangladeshi firms at the country's biggest trade show in the 25th edition.