Bangladeshi pavilions win ‘Silver Award’ in IITF in New Delhi
By Aminul Islam Mirja
NEW DELHI, Nov 27, 2021 (BSS) – Bangladeshi pavilions have won the ‘Silver Award’ in the Foreign Pavilion Category for excellence in display in the India International Trade Fair (IITF)-2021, which concluded here today.
Dr. A K M Atiqul Haque, Consular (Commerce) of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, received the award from Indian Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at the concluding ceremony of the fair today.
Bahrain’s pavilions won the ‘Gold Award’ in this category in the 40th edition of the fair, which is considered one of largest integrated trade fair in the world both in terms of exhibitors and visitor participation and has evolved its unique character as an iconic international event.
A total of six well-decorated Bangladeshi stalls displayed their products that included handicrafts, jute goods sarees, food products which received overwhelming responses from the buyers. Many foreign buyers also enquired about the Bangladeshi jute products as they showed keen interest to buy the jute products from Bangladesh, sources said.
The Bangladeshi pavilions attracted huge crowds in the two-week long fair. The visitors also showed enormous popularity of Bangladeshi products like Jamdani Saree, Dhakai Moslin, Jute products and Pran food items. The fair began on November 14 at the revamped exhibition halls at Pragati Maidan in the Indian capital city.
“We got huge responses from the beginning of the fair…We sold at our desired level,” said Md Mizanur Rahman, a salesman of ‘ Adhunika Jamdani and three pieces’, which displayed Bangladeshi traditional sarees like Jamdani, Moslin and Tangail cotton.
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) organized the fair on over 70,000 sqm area housed with new halls, which are part of international exhibition cum convention centre this year.
As many as nine countries across the world, including Bangladesh, participated in the IITF-2021 with their products along with the local participants, who showcased Indian tradition products from its different states besides other products.
Fair sources earlier said more than 3,000 exhibitors, state governments and central ministries participated in the fair, which provided a great platform for trade and industry for sourcing, findings buyers, business interactions, technology transfer opportunities and market access.
Six Bangladeshi business houses were enlisted through Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) to participate in the fair this year with their products. Those are- Bangladesh Folk Arts and Crafts Foundation, Pran Agro Limited, Adhunuika Jamdani and Three Piece, Adhunika and ZM Traders.
The India International Trade Fair was not held last year, the second time in the event’s inception in 1979, due to world-wide Covid-19 pandemic that created havoc across the globe.