The 24th Dhaka International Trade Fair has drawn about Tk 2 billion in export orders in 2019.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi revealed the information at the closing ceremony of the month-long exposition at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on Saturday.
This year’s fair has had greater sales and customer engagement than before, he said.
“A large number of export orders were received at the fair this year. Sales have also been higher compared to the years before,” he added further.
“Exports must be increased to ensure progress. The garment industry currently makes up 85 percent of the country’s exports. But we cannot rely on this alone. We must diversify our products,” he said.
The primary focus at this year’s trade fair has been on branding rather than sales, said Bijoy Bhattacharjee, the vice-chairman of the Export Promotion Bureau.
E-tickets were used for the first time at this year’s fair, he said.
This year, the fair had around 412 stalls including 110 pavilions and 83 mini-pavilions. Around 52 international firms from 25 countries displayed their products at the fair.