A good number of local and foreign entities were found carrying out stall decoration work at Dhaka International Trade Fair yesterday although the annual showcase was opened a day before for the general mass.
Some 53 stalls had been allocated for foreign participants from 23 countries, Abdur Rob, the fair's member secretary, told The Daily Star.
But most of the foreign participants are yet to start showcasing their products as stalls are yet to be completed, he said.
Rob, however, said neither he nor the EPB could verify how many foreign entities were taking part.
Instead of joining the event, sometimes the foreign entities send their local agents to the fair, he said.
The 24th edition of the month-long fair at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar has turned into a spot for recreation and shopping for city dwellers while serving the Export Promotion Bureau's primary purpose of highlighting the latest products of the local brands.
According to Rob, the DITF offers local manufacturers a unique opportunity to showcase their products and produces before an audience which is comprised of both Bangladeshi and international citizens.
This correspondent found only Turkish, Japanese and Thai companies representing themselves in their individual pavilions.
Indian Kashmiri shawl manufacturer Amit Agrawal, taking part in the fair for the first time, said he was looking to get business in Bangladesh.
“I have no idea about the demand of cashmere shawls in Bangladesh. I brought products only for the common customers, not high-end ones,” he said.
Agrawal said if he gets good response from the local market, he would bring in high quality pashmina shawls, each of which would be priced a minimum of Tk 25,000.