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A big boost for traders

Jewellery expo ends

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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The three-day Bangladesh Jewellery Expo-2022, the first of its kind in Bangladesh organised by Bangladesh Jewellers Samity (BAJUS), concluded at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Saturday boosting the confidence of traders and broadening smile on the faces of customers.

BAJUS President and Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir was present at the closing ceremony.

The gala ceremony began with a fashion show followed by a musical performance.

The main attraction of the closing ceremony was a mega raffle draw for the visitors of the three-day expo.

The total prize money was worth Tk 2.5 million, including the attractive first prize of Tk 1 million.

Thanking the organisers, the participants in the expo expressed their hope that BAJUS, led by its President Sayem Sobhan Anvir, will arrange such a grand event every year.

Ornament buyers said the duration of the expo could be extended.

Former BAJUS President Dr Dilip Kumar Roy said, “The name of BAJUS President Sayem Sobhan Anvir will be written in golden letters for this great initiative. The country has a long tradition of jewellery trading and jewellery fine works and BAJUS was established in 1984. But no one before him arranged anything like this for the industry in these long years.”

“This expo has left a lasting mark of the ability of our gold traders and showcased the rich craftsmanship of our goldsmiths,” Dr Roy said, adding that they have received a huge response from the customers in three days of the expo.

Chairman of BAJUS Standing Committee on Exhibition, Trade and Event Management Uttam Banik said the Bangladesh Jewellery Expo will attract the attention of international gold traders and purchasers to Bangladesh.

“Our goldsmiths produce ornaments by their hands. Their fine works are the biggest strength of Bangladesh’s gold industry. They can produce ornaments with less amount of gold. We’ve featured this in the expo and hope that this will attract international buyers,” he said.

Uttam Banik said the biggest achievement of this expo is the way it has sent out a very positive note on the ability of the industry which will make the jewellers across the country more confident.

A good number of jewellers from different parts of the country participated in the expo.

Owner of New Tribeni Gold Palace Ashish Karmokar, hailing from Sirajganj, set up his stall with no expectation but at the end of the expo, he said, he will return to his home town with a new belief. “To be honest, I hesitated to participate in the expo. I thought my stall would look poor by the impressive collections of big brands. But after the expo, I do now believe that we may trade in outside the capital but we’re no less than others as we have the ability to compete with anyone,” he said.

Mokhlesur Rahman, the owner of a jewellery shop from Chattogram, expressed his regret for not booking a stall to take part in the expo. “This expo has opened my eyes. I have relations with other traders but have no idea about the products they produce. Now I know about their works and had I taken part in the expo with a stall I could have a better idea about customers’ demand,” he said.

Customers were excited while visiting the expo on Saturday. They said the variety of ornaments and discount offers on the occasion of the expo have pleased them.

“The idea of assembling all the renowned brands under the same roof attracted me first. I took the opportunity to choose my desired ornaments from a great variety of designs and enjoyed attractive discounts,” said Tashfia Chowdhury, a jewellery purchaser.

Fahmida Haque Shompa, another jewellery enthusiast, said, “I like jewellery. No matter which part of the globe I travel, I buy new jewellery. I’ve seen such expo taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India. An expo in my own country has made us proud.”

Owners of big jewellery shops have said they knew that the business has the ability to be a game changer for the country’s economy and this expo will make the government accept this truth.

Proprietor of Apan Jewellers Gulzar Ahmed said, “There’s a big future for gold trading in the country as people here consider the precious metal as an asset. The government currently gets only Tk 500 crore as annual revenue from the gold industry, but there’s scope of raising it to Tk 5,000 crore.”

The three-day fair ended with a glamorous fashion show, enthralling musical performances of renowned artistes and an exciting raffle draw.