Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said on Tuesday that the 27th edition of the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2023 drew export orders worth around Tk 300 crore, while it also witnessed trading of goods of around Tk 100 crore.
Tipu also said that the number of visitors to the fair increased by 37 per cent from the last year as some 35 lakh people visited the month-long fair.
The commerce minister made the remarks while addressing the closing ceremony of the DITF 2023 as the special guest at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre at Purbachal Dhaka. Textiles and Jute Minister Gazi Golam Dastagir was present as the chief guest.
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) under the Ministry of Commerce organised the fair.
While mentioning that this kind of international trade fair plays an important role in boosting exports, Tipu said that the export earnings reached $61 billion in the last fiscal year, against the target of $51 billion.
He said that a pavilion on Bangabandhu was set up in the fair which had created scope for the visitors and new generation to know about Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The textiles and jute minister and the commerce minister handed over first prizes to 10 pavilions and stalls in different categories, 2nd prizes to 13 pavilions and stalls, and third prizes to 11 pavilions and stalls.
Besides, four firms received trophies in the best female entrepreneur category, three organisations as best electronic manufacturing firms, four firms as best furniture manufacturing and export entities and two firms as innovative product manufacturing organisations.
Presided over by commerce ministry additional secretary M Hafizur Rahman, EPB vice chairman AHM Ahsan gave the address of welcome. FBCCI senior vice president Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu also spoke as the special guest.