PM opens month-long trade fair 2017

BSS . Dhaka | Update:
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the month-long Dhaka international trade fair (DITF) announcing the ‘leather’ as the ‘product of the year’ for 2017.

Asking all concerned to take necessary steps to provide necessary cooperation and incentives to the leather sector the prime minister said, the government wants to boost up the rising leather sector to explore it’s all potentials.

Leather export has been increased by about 71 times over the last four decades and Bangladesh produces leather goods for top global brands, she said.

Urging the business persons and exporters to remain careful about the changing global trade regime she said WTO rules are making the global trade more liberal.

“So, Bangladeshi products should maintain global standard to sustain in the world market,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina also distributed the national export trophy-2013-2014 at the inaugural function of the DITF-2017 held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

The commerce ministry and Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (BEPB) are jointly been organising this fair for the 22 consecutive years.

Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry and chief whip of the opposition party in parliament Tajul Islam Chowdhury attended the function as special guests.

Senior secretary of commerce ministry Hedayet Ullah Al Mamun, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers and Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Abdul Matlub Ahmad spoke, among others, on the occasion. Vice chairman of EPB Mafruha Sultana gave welcome address.

Cabinet members, senior government officials, diplomats, business leaders and exporters and participant from home and abroad were present.

The prime minister distributed 28 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze medals among the exporters for their success in export during the year 2013-2014.

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