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25 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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DITF draws huge crowd on weekend

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
DITF draws huge crowd on weekend

The Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2020 attracted huge crowds yesterday and traders did brisk business. Visitors walked in with friends, family members, and colleagues to shop for a range of products. Exhibitors had on display local and foreign goods, including electronics, apparel, jute and leather products, furniture, plastic goods, handicrafts, and food items. Pavilions offering big discounts attracted the most customers. Some went so far as to declare ‘buy one, get 10 items free’.

The 25th edition of the month-long DITF, which is being held at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city, started attracting visitors since yesterday morning. After the Juma prayers, the crowds began to swell and long queues formed at the ticket booths. Many traders expressed satisfaction with their sales yesterday, especially considering the limited turnouts and poor sales on the initial days of the international event. Tipu Sultan, who was in charge of Ashik Fashion, said their stall drew huge crowds this year with new products and more discounts.

"We are selling blazers at 60 per cent discount," he mentioned. A sales executive of Walton Group confirmed that they received a great response yesterday. Their stalls mostly sold refrigerators, television sets, smartphones, and home accessories. Hasibul Hasan, a second-year student of Jagannath University, was visiting the fair with friends. “Every year, we came here to shop as the traders offer discounts,” he said. Khadija Rahman, a regular at the fair, dropped in from Mirpur. "I visit the fair every year and purchase various items. I am looking for big discounts. I bought a cloth at 60 per cent discount. I also bought food items with the Tk. 500 package and toys for my children," she said.

The Export Promotion Bureau organised the trade fair with support from the Ministry of Commerce. According to the organisers, the number of stalls was reduced to 483 this year—down from the previous year's 550—to ensure a more congenial environment at the venue. Foreign traders from 20 countries, including India, China, Iran, Malaysia, Bhutan, and Germany, joined the fair alongside local businesses. At least 27 foreign pavilions, 66 premier pavilions, 11 general pavilions, eight reserved pavilions, 77 general mini pavilions, 47 premier mini pavilions, 11 foreign mini pavilions,

and six reserved mini pavilions were set up at the fair.

According to DITF sources, over 100 CCTV cameras were installed at the venue to ensure 24-hour surveillance. Security is being provided by the police, the Rapid Action Battalion, and Border Guards Bangladesh. The fair is open to visitors from 10:00am to 9:30pm every day. The entry fees are Tk. 40 per head for adults and Tk. 20 for minors. The DITF began its journey of showcasing export-quality goods produced in Bangladesh on December 1, 1995. Since then, the fair has expanded and the number of visitors has grown exponentially.

 

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