The week long 'Development Fair 2019’, where the exhibitors are selling and showcasing products like jute goods, agricultural products, food products, and so on, attracted a huge crowd on Friday.
Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), a financial institution founded by the government, is organising the fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the exhibition on Thursday. The fair will end on Wednesday (November 20).
130 organisations, including small public and private manufacturing industries of remote areas, research organisations and information technology (IT) institutions are showcasing their products and services at 190 stalls of the event.
The organiser, participants and visitors expressed their satisfaction as they received a massive response from the visitors and customers locally and internationally.
They said both sales and orders are handsome and hoped that it will be increased in the coming days.
The organisers said the entrepreneurs are showcasing diversified products to increase their sales as the people's taste and elegance are changing with the passage of time.
The fair is a platform to promote the exhibitors’ products and enhance networks with the different kinds of people so they should not focus on sale and order solely, the organisers added.
40-year-old Umor Faruk, a dentist, said that he came to the fair with his whole family to see the different kinds of products.
He termed the fair as great presentation of different traditional products like food and others.
Faruk would like to buy some jute products as it is environment-friendly as well as some local food items as they have been brought from different parts of the country, he told the FE.
33-year-old Jashim Uddin, a would-be entrepreneur who came from Mymensingh district, said he came to the fair from long distance to see products and to take experience from the stall owners as he wants to start a business very soon.
Sham-e-Afroz, an employee of UCEP Bangladesh, who is showcasing different food items, said she was satisfied with both sales and orders but expected more buyers and visitors.
The timing is a factor for attracting the visitors and customers, so the organisers should look into the matter, she told the FE.
PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said people from all walks of life are coming to the fair and are being amazed to see the varieties of innovative and traditional products.
He mentioned that the PKSF is focusing on creating sustainable enterprises in the country in line with the government's Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs).
The PKSF chairman also urged all to visit the fair for the sake of seeing the innovative and creative items of the small entrepreneurs.
On the sidelines, the organisers are also arranging seminars styled - Promoting Microenterprise in Bangladesh: Current Status and Future Prospects; Establishing Human Dignity through ENRICH Programme of PKSF; Implementation of SDGS in Bangladesh: Current Status and Future Prospects; Employment Generation in Rural Bangladesh in the Context of Technological Advancement; Livelihood Enhancement through Modern Agricultural Practices: PKSF's Experiences.
The exposition remains open for visitors from 10:00am to 8:30pm every day.