With just a week left before the 23rd annual Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) begins on January 1, 2018 the organizers have introduced a mobile application to help visitors navigate the fair better amid the throngs of people.
Jointly organized by Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and Ministry of Commerce, the fair at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Along with the app, the fair will also boast a Digital Experience Center (DIC) to help visitors locate stalls and find some details on products exhibited.
Mohammad Abdur Rouf, secretary of Trade Fair Committee and Deputy Director (Finance) at EPB told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday: “Visitors will be able to find stalls and pavilions through the DIC and the app. With the app, people from all over the world can find information on the products being exhibited at the fair.”
The month-long fair began on December 1, 1995 to show export quality goods being produced in Bangladesh. Since then, the number of visitors to the fair has grown exponentially. This year, the fair saw sales of up to Tk113.53 crore and export orders of Tk 243.44 crore.
Organizers have very high expectations for the fair in 2018, hoping to bag orders of Tk136crore and higher.
There will be 564 stalls and pavilions at the fair, slightly more than in 2017. The entrance will be adorned as the Dhaka Gate and Padma Bridge.
There will be a Bangabandhu pavilion that will have a series of painting called “Khoka Thekey Bangabandhu” depicting the early life of the Father of the Nation. There will be 26 paintings by famous Bangladeshi artists showing Bangabandhu’s formative years to how he became the leader of the nation.
The organizers also plan to highlight some of the countries achievements at the entrance gates at the fair including UNESCO’s recognition of the historic March 7 speech made by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The fair has pavilions, common stalls, food stalls and restaurants. Almost 555 stalls have already been allocated to vendors.
A total of 44 foreign stalls from 18 countries, including eight stalls from India will be available at the fair.
There will be 20 stalls reserved for women, 65 premier pavilions, 35 premier mini pavilions, 15 general pavilions, 26 general mini pavilions, 72 premier stall, 4 reserved pavilions, 4 reserved mini pavilions, 3 restaurants, 236 general stalls, 29 food stalls, according to the EPB plan.
“The numbers can change as the exact number will be finalized in January when the fair begins,” said Mohammad Abdur Rouf. There will be 564 stalls and pavilions at the fair.
The annual fair has gained huge popularity because there are some big discounts, deals, offers and promotions that are not available anywhere else.
The authorities concerned have already sent out letters to law enforcement agencies to ensure tight security, including setting up CCTV cameras, the deployment of multi-tier security arrangement by Ansar VDP members, Bangladesh Police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) along with Detective Branch Police, Mohammad Abdur Rouf said.
There will be cultural programs every Thursday along with a digital exhibition highlighting the success of the government every day.
The fair will remain open from 10am to 10pm every day. The entry fees have been set at Tk30 for adults and Tk20 for children.