Friday, 1 July, 2022

Month-long CITF-2022 kicks off tomorrow

Month-long CITF-2022 kicks off tomorrow
CCCI President Mahbubul Alam speaks at a press conference at the Bangabandhu Hall of World Trade Centre in Chattogram on Sunday.

CHATTOGRAM: The 29th version of ‘Chattogram International Trade Fair (CITF)’-2022 will begin in the port city tomorrow (Tuesday) with a view to promoting local products at home and abroad.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi is expected to inaugurate the month-long fair as the chief guest at Railway Polo-ground in the city at 3:30pm.

Lawmaker MA Latif, Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Md Jashim Uddin and Chattogram Metropolitan Police Commissioner Saleh Mohammad Tanvir will attend the inaugural ceremony as the special guests.

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is organising the fair spreading over an area of 400,000 square feet (Sq-ft).

The fair was not held for in the last two years due to the corona pandemic.

Over 310 participants from the both home and abroad will display their products at 17 premier pavilions, 33 premier stalls, 99 gold stalls, 48 mega stalls and 14 food stalls in two zones at the fair, said CCCI President Mahbubul Alam at a press conference at the Bangabandhu Hall of World Trade Centre on Sunday.

A modern ‘Bangabandhu Pavilion’ was developed and biography of Bangabandhu, books and publications on country’s liberation war will be displayed there with the assistance of the book-shop ‘Batighar.’

Participants from India, Thailand and Iran will attend the fair this year, he said.

The fair will remain open from 10.00am to 10.00pm everyday and the ticket price has been fixed at Tk 15 per head.

Stalls were allotted to Biswa Sahitya Kendra, Sandhani and Right Action for Disability (RAD), Chattogram Badhir Krira O Samaj Kallyan Samity and Electrician Kallyan Samity free of cost, said Mahbubul.  

An open plaza of 12,320 sq-ft for the visitors while a 3,000 sq-ft amusement centre for the children were kept at the fair venue, said the president.

Students of play group to Class-VII will also be able to visit the fair free, he said.

Putting up different initiatives of the CCCI, Mahbubul said the chamber has been working for facilitating country’s trade and commerce, industrialisation, export and import, and investment for over 100 years.

The achievements of the chamber also include successful arrangement of the CITF, SME fair and IT fair throughout the year, he added.

The entrepreneurs from different parts of the country will display their products and learn about advancement of different sectors, hoped the president.

They will also get opportunity to evaluate standard of their products comparing with the foreign ones on a same ground, he also said.

Mahbubul also expected that lakhs of people from the city will visit the fair and pick products as per their choice.

The CCCI Senior Vice-President Tarafdar Ruhul Amin, Directors Anjan Shekhar Das and Ahid Siraj Chowdhury Swapan attended the press conference, among others.