‘Leather’ has got a recognition as the product of the year for 2017, while Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the month-long Dhaka international trade fair (DITF) on 1 January 2017.
Addressing all concern to this sector, she urged to take necessary steps to provide necessary cooperation and incentives to the leather sector, ‘The government wants to boost up the rising leather sector to explore it’s all potentials.’
‘Exporting leather has been enlarged by 71 times growth over the last four decades and Bangladesh is producing leather goods for top global brands now’ she added.
She also urged the business persons and exporters to remain careful about the changing global trade regime, ‘WTO rules are making the global trade more liberal’ she added.
The premier hoped that the fair would create more opportunity for product diversification and hereafter it would make a growing interest among local entrepreneurs to improve the quality of their products.
Sheikh Hasina also handed over the national export trophy-2013-2014 at the inaugural function of the DITF-2017 held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
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.
The commerce ministry and Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (BEPB) are jointly been organising this fair for the 22 consecutive years.
Commerce Minister, cabinet members, senior government officials, diplomats, business leaders and exporters and participant from home and abroad were present.
Apart from the host country, a total of 20 countries, including India, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, US, UK, Turkey, and Singapore are taking part in the show.
The entry fee is kept fixed at Tk 30 for adults and Tk 20 for children. About 580 pavilions, mini pavilions, and stalls are displaying their array of products in the DITF-2017.
The products include machinery, carpet, cosmetics and beauty goods, electrical and electronic, jute and jute goods, leather and leather goods, footwear, sports goods, sanitary wares, toys, stationary, watch, jewelry, ceramic table, local apparel items, processed foods, first foods, furniture, and handicrafts.