The Ctg lounge has yet to gain momentum
Chattogram International Trade Fair -2022 has not gained momentum yet due to a lack of buyers and visitors, due to what participants and visitors say, rains, lack of publicity and the low season.
In addition, the decorations of many stalls and pavilions were incomplete as of Saturday.
The fair is usually crowded during the weekly holidays, as townspeople come to visit their families.
Visiting the fair on its fifth day, it was found that many stalls and pavilions were still under construction while the number of visitors was slim.
“There were no crowds at the fair from morning to afternoon, even on weekends,” said Md Raihan Miaji, sales manager of Huda Beauty Center Akhtaruzzaman in the port city.
“People don’t come to the fair because of the rain. Besides, the publicity seems a little less this time. So there is no sale,” he alleged.
Trade Minister Tipu Mushi inaugurated the month-long trade fair at the Railway Pologround Field in the port city on May 31.
Babul Akhter Ripon, a salesperson at Bhai Bhai Gift Fair, told The Business Standard, “The fair is being held after a two-year hiatus. But people are not coming as expected. We are worried about business now. “
Nizam Uddin of R&Rahman Enterprise, a home and kitchen appliances stall, said, “We covered the fair premises with wooden planks over bricks. All of them are damaged due to rains. When it rains, the whole field gets muddy. I don’t feel comfortable coming.”
According to the Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the organizer of the fair, there are about 370 booths, including 17 premier pavilions, 33 premier booths, 99 gold booths and 48 mega booths, 14 domestic and foreign food stalls at the fair.
Local producers from remote areas of Bangladesh present their products to foreign buyers through the fair. Additionally, India, Thailand and Iran will be present at the month-long show, he added.
However, no such pavilions were seen in the foreign area of the fair.
Mizanur Rahman, the owner of Iran Real Stone & Silver Jewelry, a stall selling Iranian products, told TBS, “Foreign stalls are fewer this time because the fair is held during the rainy season. Also, the fair Chattogram is usually held in Feb. following Dhaka International Trade Fair in Jan. Then foreign companies could attend both fairs.
Despite multiple efforts to speak on the phone, AKM Akhter Hossain, chairman of the organizing committee and director of the Chattogram Chamber, was unavailable.
Mohammad Akhtar Farooq, who is in charge of the fair on behalf of the chamber, also declined to comment.