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52 countries to join sourcing Bangladesh fair

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  • 16 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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52 countries to join sourcing Bangladesh fair
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi speaks at the inaugural ceremony of ‘Sourcing Bangladesh 2021-Virtual Edition’ at Export Promotion Bureau office in the capital on Monday.

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Nearly 1,400 buyers from 52 countries are likely to participate in Bangladesh's Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)’s virtual event --Sourcing Bangladesh-2021.

"The EPB has organised the virtual expo to keep the market activities rolling while the trade fairs worldwide were suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic," Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said while inaugurating the fair at EPB office in the capital on Monday. Some 60 reputed Bangladeshi exporters from 13 sectors are taking part in the event while a good number of potential buyers and visitors from North America,  Latin America, South East Asia, Middle East, Central Asia and Africa are expected to sign up the event, he informed.

The fair has been organised with a focus on the major export-oriented sectors in Bangladesh. In the expo, the participating companies will showcase their products, present audio-visual and digital brochures on the virtual platform, as well as hold virtual business-to-business (B2B) meetings.

The website of the fair: www.sourcing-bangladesh.com will have a buyer-seller database for B2B meetings. The companies in the readymade garments (RMG), leather and leather products, jute and jute products, agro and agro-processed products, home textile and home decor, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, ICT, plastic, electric and electronic products, light engineering products, furniture, and furniture styles and handicrafts sectors will showcase their products in the fair. The website of the exhibition will have a database of buyers and sellers for six months after the end of the fair.

Webinars will be organised to exhibit potential export products and investment opportunities and benefits to attract foreign investment. EPB Vice-Chairman AHM Ahsan, who presided over the function, said, "The main objective of the Sourcing Fair is to create linkups between Bangladeshi sellers or exhibitors with potential foreign buyers.

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kant Ghosh, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) president Jasim Uddin, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Faruque Hassan, among others, also spoke at the event.