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PM Hasina announces Light Engineering as product of the year

  • Published at 12:33 pm January 1st, 2020
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
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25th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2020 inauguration ceremony held

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced Light Engineering as the product of the year and told authorities concerned to pay special attention to this sector for earning more foreign exchange by exporting various products.

The prime minister was speaking while inaugurating the month-long 25th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2020 from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at its usual venue at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports UNB.

 She said: "I think we will be able to earn more foreign currencies by exporting various types of products under the Light Engineering section."  

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh can produce more bicycle, motor cycle, automobile, auto parts, electric and electronic items, accumulator battery, solar photo-vaulting module and toys under the Light Engineering section.

"We have scope to invite more investment and we have a huge market for the light engineering products," she said.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi presided over the program while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Ministry Tofail Ahmed, Commerce Secretary Dr Jafar Uddin, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Sheikh Fazle Fahim and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Vice-Chairman Fatima Yasmin also spoke at the program.

A total of 483 stalls and pavilions will showcase quality products from home and abroad at the fair this year. Of them, 112 are pavilions, 128 mini pavilions and 243 are stalls.

Different companies from 21 countries, including the USA, the UK, Italy, Australia, Germany, China, South Africa, Turkey, the UAE, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan and Brunei will take part in DITF.

The fair will remain open from 10am to 9:30pm every day till January 31. Entry fee has been fixed at Tk40 for adults and Tk20 for children, an increase of Tk10 from last year.

The export earnings from the fair were $19.46 million last year. The earning was $35.5 million in 2018, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

 The traditional month-long fair, starting on the first day of the New Year of the Gregorian calendar, has been jointly organized by the EPB and the Commerce Ministry since 1995.