Staff Correspondent, agricare24.com: A four-day international exposition is set to begin in Dhaka on March 27 with a view to showcasing food and agriculture-related innovative products and services from home and abroad.
Some 132 exhibitors from 11 countries will showcase their products and services in 150 booths at the 4th edition of the Food & Agro Bangladesh International Expo 2019 in the capital’s International Convention City Bashundhara. Of the exhibitors, 40 percent will come from abroad.
The countries are Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Palestine, and the UAE, said Meherun N Islam, president and group managing director of CEMS Bangladesh, at a press conference at the Economic Reporters’ Forum yesterday.
“The 4th Food and Agro Bangladesh International Expo-2019 will be a perfect platform for manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their products and services. This will also highlight the rapid development in the food industry,” she said.
The exposition will assemble agents, distributors, importers, trading companies, wholesalers, retailers, hoteliers, business representatives, restaurateurs, consumers, and bulk purchasers from around the world.
Food, agro expo CEMS Bangladesh in association with CEMS Global USA is organising the annual event.
The exposition is the biggest international exhibition on food, beverage, agriculture and horticulture products and equipment, poultry products, livestock products, fishing and aquaculture and other related products and services, agricultural machinery and equipment, chemicals, packaging and processing.
Meherun N Islam also talked about the country’s export opportunity in the global food and services markets.
“Bangladesh can easily penetrate markets such as Palestine and Afghanistan with its food products and services. The government and related chambers can think about it.”
“If we can penetrate the non-traditional markets, it will not only cut our reliance on garment items, it will also give us an edge when it comes to bargaining with international buyers because they will see that our export is not dependent only on the apparel products.”
Bangladesh food exports rose 12 times in the last five years, according to Meherun N Islam.
Three more concurrent exhibitions will also take place at the same venue. They are: 4th Poultry & Livestock Bangladesh International Expo 2019; 4th Agro Chem Bangladesh Expo 2019; and Int’l Printing and Packaging Expo 2019.
Besides, CEMS Bangladesh, in collaboration with the BSAFE Foundation will organise a seminar on food safety on the second day of the exposition.
Food, agro expo begins in Dhaka March 27. This expositions will be open from 10.30am to 8.30pm.
TanveerQamrul Islam, executive director of CEMS Bangladesh, Nayem Sharif, head of marketing and communications, and Asif Arman, senior manager for international coordination, were present at the media briefing.