A three-day Bangladesh Jewellery Expo, first of its kind in Bangladesh, will begin in the capital on March 17 to showcase locally-made ornaments and excellence of local goldsmiths.
The fair will be hosted by Bangladesh Jewellers Samity (BAJUS) at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Chairman of BAJUS Standing Committee on Exhibition, Trade and Event Management Uttam Banik briefed reporters while its Vice-Presidents Gulzar Ahmed, Anwar Hossain and Dewan Aminul Islam Shahin were present.
Uttam Banik said there will be arrangements, including a fashion show, during the three-day expo for presenting the local industry before all. “New designs of ornaments created by goldsmiths of the country will be introduced at the expo. Besides, industry leaders at home and abroad will share knowledge for further development of the sector,” he said.
Being informed of the jewellery exposition, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said the BAJUS initiative will play an important role in successfully implementing Vision 2041 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “Bangladesh will emerge as a developed country by 2041 if we can maintain the present growth of economy. And we need the potential jewellery sector by us in the development journey,” he said.
In a statement, BAJUS President Sayem Sobhan Anvir expressed the hope that the fair will take Bangladesh to a strong position to export gold and ornaments after meeting the local demand apart from flourishing the sector further. The contribution to GDP from the sector will reach a satisfactory level,” he said.
Speaking at the briefing, BAJUS Vice-President Anwar Hossain said there is a huge demand for handmade ornaments of Bangladesh across the world. “Our goldsmiths have unique excellence in making gold ornaments. Of the handmade ornaments produced across the world, around 80 percent is done by Bangla-speaking goldsmiths. We had long been mulling over hosting a jewellery expo to project the innovations. As Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir took over the presidency of BAJUS, the gold businessmen get encouraged,” he said.
The exposition will remain open from 10:00am to 8:00pm every day.