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14 April, 2019 01:02:40 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 April, 2019 01:04:04 AM
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Business boom for jewellery, household products

CHATTOGRAM TRADE FAIR
SHAMSUDDIN ILLIUS, Ctg
Business boom for jewellery, household products

Hordes of visitors are thronging household, jewellery, toiletry and footwear stalls, including local and foreign, at the month-long Chattogram International Trade Fair-2019 (CITF-2019) at the city’s Railway Polo Ground during weekdays and also on weekends. Foreign and local imitation jewellery and household item stalls are the main attractions.

Many women were seen crowing cookery shops including those of kitchen essentials. Many women said they had waited the whole year to purchase kitchen items from the fair as many companies put up stalls with the new items specially for women.

“I bought a pressure cooker, salad cutter, cake shovel, pie cutter, egg slicer, strainer and Zester. It is difficult to buy such products at the local markets. So I waited the whole year for the fair to collect some exclusive kitchen items. It is also convenient for me,” said Shahida Begum, a housewife visiting the fair.

Another housewife, Chakibun Nahar, who came from Patengay, said, “I bought Mandoline, funnel and food mixer. I am looking for more households goods.”

Md Azher, owner of Iranian gold plated and Thai collections at the foreign pavilion told The Independent, “I have been attending the fair for the last three years. This year we are getting the highest numbers of customers in our jewellery shop.”

 Roksana Akhter, a customer who was there at the shop, said, “As the jewellery items of the Indian and Iranian shops are of good quality, I like to buy them from these shops. They have different collection and offer colour guarantee.”

Huge crowds were seen at the local and foreign brand jewellery and toiletry shops of the CITP.

Nasima Begum, sales representative of Huda Beauty, said, “A large number of customers are visiting our stalls and our sales are satisfactory.”

Crowds were also seen in the footwear shops. Md Suman, owner of an Indian footwear outlet, told The Independent, “There is a demand among customer for Indian and Thai footwear. Keeping that in mind, we have come to the fair with many new collections of Indian and Thai footwear. Our business here is better this year compared to the last year’s.”

The Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCC) has been arranging the oldest and the largest trade fair in Chattogram for the last 27 years. This year, more than 450 companies are showcasing their plastic, furniture, leather, jute, readymade garments, and handicraft, and agro products at the city's Railway Polo Ground with a view to promoting domestic products in international markets.

Starting with local SME products, the fair has now acquired an international dimension, as many countries such as India, China, Japan, Korea, Iran, USA, UK, Turkey have been participating for several years. The fair helps to promote both domestic and foreign products and offers an opportunity to compare quality and standard.

In 2018, the fair was visited by more than two million people and served as a platform to establish direct relations between manufacturers and consumers. The fair committee expects a record number of visitors this year. Initially, rain had dampened the spirit of the fair, but since then the number of visitors has increased sharply.

CCCI president Mahabubula Alam said, “The fair venue covers four lakh square feet of the Railway Polo Ground. This is a sort of festival for the people of Chattogram and an opportunity for the companies. We are arranging this trade fair to enable local companies showcase their products for foreign and local customers and prepare an effective platform for them in different markets at home and abroad.

“The fair is a platform for establishing direct relation between the manufacturers and the consumers. It has also become a place for recreation for the city dwellers. The colourful event is now the most cherished event of all concerned,” he added.

 PHP motor showroom Proton recorded a massive footfall.. Especially the bike lovers and people who have a liking for the local company are visiting the stall for the local brand, Proton.

Mesbah Uddin Atik, head of marketing of the PHP Proton brand, told The Independent, “We have sold 58 Proton cars, 17 Proton bikes and got order of another 60 bikes at the fair showroom.”

“Everyday hundreds of people are visiting our stall. As the Proton cars and bikes are locally assembled vehicles, people are showing interest in our brand,” added Atik.

Proton is a sister concern of the PHP group, which assembles cars and bikes in Bangladesh.

Rahmatullah, who bought a bike from PHP, said, “As the company has EMI facilities and it is a local brand, I brought a bike from here, considering the company is Bangladeshi.”

Other local brands such as Partex Furniture, Hatil Furniture Ltd, Brothers Funiture, Marks, Rnags, PRAN Foods Ltd, Pran RFL, Akij Food and Beverage Ltd, Pedrollo, S Alam, and Walton are also showcasing their products. They are also offering various discounts to the customers at the fair.

Rabiul Hossain Bhuiyan, supervisor of Pran RFL at the fair, told The Independent, “Our sale is satisfactory. However, it is slightly low compared to the last year because of the inclement weather including storm and rain. It would have been better, if we got some more time.”

Shahriar Alam, sales representative of Hatil Furniture, said, “We are participating in the fair not only for sales but also to introduce our products to the customers. Those who are visiting our showroom at the fair, may visit our showroom to buy quality furniture. However, we are also getting a huge response at the fair.

The fair will remain open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm for visitors and the price of ticket is Tk 10. The fair will continue till April 15.

EA

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