The month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair begins tomorrow although construction works of majority of the stalls and pavilions were yet to be completed till Saturday.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the largest trade fair in the country at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city on Monday.
During a visit on Saturday, it was found that setting up of the main entrances, a large digital screen inside the fair venue and most of the stalls and pavilions were yet to be completed.
Workers were giving final touch ups to the entrances, which are being built like the shape of the span of under-construction Padma Bridge.
Officials of commerce ministry and Export Promotion Bureau, which are jointly organising the fair, said that they expected that all works related to the entrances, digital screen and walk-way would be completed before the inauguration of the fair.
Setting up of most of the stalls and pavilions would also be completed before the inauguration and few others may complete installation after the inauguration, they said.
This year, there will be 564 stalls and pavilions at the fair, slightly more than in 2017.
Around 40 foreign stalls and pavilions from 18 countries, including eight stalls from India will be available at the fair.
There will be 20 stalls reserved for women, 65 premier pavilions, 35 premier mini pavilions, 15 general pavilions, 26 general mini pavilions, 72 premier stall, 4 reserved pavilions, 4 reserved mini pavilions, 3 restaurants, 236 general stalls, 29 food stalls, according to the EPB plan.
The fair will remain open from 10am to 10pm every day. The entry fees have been set at Tk30 for adults and Tk20 for children.
The fair organisers have introduced a mobile application to help visitors navigate the fair, which usually draws thousands of people each day.
Along with the app, the fair will also have a digital experience centre to help visitors locate stalls and find some details on products exhibited.
Visitors will be able to find stalls and pavilions through the DEC and the app. With the app, people from all over the world can find information on the products being exhibited at the fair, said an official.
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