Display of Bangladeshi food at int’l fair in Malaysia
The four-day long international food and beverage fair titled, "Eighth Selangor International Expo", has begun in Malaysia. For the first time, Bangladesh has participated in the fair along with 23 other countries of the world. The Bangladesh Pavilion has allocated free of cost stalls for the Bangladeshis with special importance.
The fair is part of the International Trade Conference of Global Brands and Industrial Entrepreneurs organised under the auspices of the State Government of Selangor.
Crown Prince of Selangor State Tengku Amir Shah inaugurated the trade conference and fair at the KLCC Convention Center in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (October 6, 2022).
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony as chief guest, Chief Minister of Selangor state YB Dato' Seri Amirudin bin Shari, "Through SIBS 2022, Selangor is taking the lead in supporting economic recovery and reinvention, not just for Selangor, but for Malaysia and ASEAN friends."
In the Bangladesh Pavilion, Bangladeshi food restaurant Bachelor Point, Pitha Ghar, and Alo Chhaya have been displaying traditional Bangladeshi food. Besides, food and beverages of PRAN and Monnu Ceramic Tableware (dinner set, tea set, coffee mug, bowl) products are also being displayed.
Many Malaysian visitors, including diplomats, industrialists, investors and expatriates from the participating countries, visited the Bangladeshi stall.
Bangladesh High Commission Counsellor (Consular) GM Russell Rana, First Secretary (Commercial) Pranab Kumar Ghosh and Director of Bangladesh Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BMCCI) Mahbub Alam also came to the pavilion on the opening day.
Pranab Kumar Ghosh, said, "Apart from one million expatriate Bangladeshis, there is a demand for our food products among the migrants of other Asian countries. It is expected that the export market of Bangladeshi food products will increase further through this fair".
On the opening day, Brishti Khatun, a Bangladeshi student of Culinary of Sunway University in Malaysia, and Dil Afroz Nahar from Bangladesh took a master class on demonstration and gastronomy of Bangladeshi food.
They presented different information about the cuisines and quality of Bangalee food to the visitors.
Dil Afroz said, "Traditional food, one of the main ingredients of Bengali traditional hospitality, has long been famous. But in the international arena, the presentation was not that way. We can do that through this fair."
"I am feeling delighted that I have been able to present a different identity of Bangladesh in this international arena today," said Brishti Khatun.
The fair will remain open from 9am to 8pm every day till October 9. No entry fee will be charged for the visitors. The Bangladesh High Commission has invited the expatriates to visit the 'Bangladesh Pavilion'.
Mentionable, this largest business summit and fair has 906 booths of 623 companies from 24 countries, which set a new record.
The host Selangor state government expects that over 30,000 investors will visit the fair this year.
Dato Teng Chang Khim, counsellor for Industry and Trade of the State Council, hoped to achieve the target of 10 billion ringgit inward investment through this fair after the corona epidemic.