A three-day "Development Fair-2018" kicked off in the city here today aimed at sharing information about the development activities of the government.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the three-day Unnayan Mela (Development Fair) through a video conference from her Gonobhaban residence Thursday.
Organized by Chittagong district administration, Secretary to the President's Office Shampad Barua inaugurated the fair as the chief guest.
The fair is arranged in front of Chittagong M A Aziz Stadium Gymnasium hall.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chittagong Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, presided over the function, while Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong Abdul Mannan spoke as special guest on the occasion.
Speaking at the function, the chief guest said Bangladesh has been marching towards a middle income nation following tremendous successes in socio economic area achieved by the present government in every sector.
Barua said the main purpose of the fair is to display various development activities of present government before nation and its people.
"Nobody in the world now considers Bangladesh as a country of natural disasters, corruption and poverty any more. It has now become a model of development," he added.
Barua said, adding the present government has taken various initiatives to achieve middle-income country status where poverty will completely be eradicated by 2021.
Earlier, a colourful rally was brought out from the City's Circuit Houses led by the Chittagong divisional commissioner Abdul Mannan. The rally ended on the Gymnasium hall premises after parading through main streets of the port city.
A total of 119 stalls have been set up in the fair. The fair will open from 9 am to 10 pm every day.