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Textile exposition kicks off in December
Refayet Ullah Mirdha
The annual Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (BATEXPO)-2011 will kick off on December 8 to attract international buyers of local garment products, said an office bearer of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA).
The three-day annual event of the trade body of the garment sector will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at the city’s Agargaon to exhibit the local and international garment products.
Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, first vice-president of BGMEA, said the local and foreign entrepreneurs will showcase garment, fabrics and machinery at least in 120 stalls.
“This is the 22nd version of such mega exposition to be participated by major global brands,” Chowdhury said. Generally, the Prime Minister inaugurates the event and leader of the opposition in the parliament attends the closing ceremony,” he said.
Like previous years, some important seminars will also be held on the sidelines of the event, where scholars from home and abroad are scheduled to speak on issues like country’s readymade garment sector and market diversification.
BGMEA has been organising the fair mainly to link the country’s garment sector with the international buyers and investors in the country.
The organisers said the event of this year has a special significance to them as a major export destination, the EU, is going through a debt crisis, for which the export of garment products might suffer.
The growth of export of garment products witnessed a slowdown during the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year.
During this period, knitwear export grew by 18.26 percent and woven 24.82 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year. In fiscal 2010-11, Bangladesh exported knitwear worth $6.90 billion and woven $3.71 billion to the EU alone.