The three-day Asia Pharma Expo-2018 began at the International Convention City, Bashundhara in Dhaka on Thursday with the aim of showcasing the latest medical equipment and health products.
The Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceuticals Industries in collaboration with GPE Expo Private Limited is holding the 10th version of the exposition.
Around 700 medical entities from 30 countries including Bangladesh have set up stalls at the fair that will remain open from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
The local manufacturers will know the latest equipment and raw materials in connection with the pharma industries at the fair, said the officials.
Health and family welfare minister Mohammed Nasim inaugurated the fair while its state minister Zahid Maleque, drug administration directorate general director general Mustafizur Rahman and BAPI secretary general SM Shafiuzzaman were also present, among others, at the ceremony.
Nasim said the pharmaceuticals industry in Bangladesh has been growing day by day and it now meets around 98 per cent of the local demand for medicines.
‘We are also exporting medicines to 145 countries including the USA, Canada and Australia as our manufacturers are maintaining global standards in producing medicines,’ he said.
Nasim also urged the foreign businesses to invest in the Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals industries.
Zahid said that the expo would be a platform for the foreign businesses and local manufacturers to share knowledge and technological advancements.
He said, ‘We need medicines of world class at affordable prices so that general people can buy them.’
Bangladesh high commissioner in Kenya Abul Kalam said, ‘Bangladesh-produced medicines are maintaining high quality and we are ready to support the country whenever it needs the support.’
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