Vol. 5 Num 289 Sun. March 20, 2005  

10-day SME fair in Dhaka from April 4

In a bid to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the country's apex trade body is going to organise a 10-day SME fair in Dhaka from April 4.

"Basically, we want to display the developments of our local SME products as the sector has a great potential," FBCCI President Abdul Awal Mintoo told a press conference yesterday, announcing the fair schedule.

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry chief said although local entrepreneurs have the ability to produce international standard products, they fail to showcase their products at the Dhaka International Trade Fair as organisers always focus on foreign companies.

"For this reason, in the SME Fair 2005, the second version of the exhibition, we invite only local entrepreneurs to exhibit their products," said FBCCI president.

Mintoo said as the Chinese prime minister is scheduled to visit Dhaka on April 7-8, he will be invited to visit the fair at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.

Meanwhile, the fair organising committee has announced the "FBCCI-Standard Chartered SME Awards 2005". To this effect, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Standard Chartered Bank and FBCCI. MM Jahangir, secretary general of FBCCI, and M Sajidur Rahman, head of Consumer Banking of Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh, signed the agreement.

Local products including agro-based ones, bicycle, ceramic and melamine products, software, cosmetics, furniture, electrical and electronic goods and jewellery will be displayed in the fair, the organisers added.