Over 60 companies are showcasing various products and services during the three-day ‘Made in Bangladesh’ exhibition, which will run until Thursday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
The event kicked off with the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Sultan al-Khater; Qatar Businessmen Association (QBA) chairman Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, and the Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Salman F Rahman.
The trade and investment exhibition was jointly-organised by the Bangladesh embassy in Qatar and the Bangladesh Forum Qatar (BFQ), and patronised by the Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh, sponsored by Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), and supported by the Qatar Chamber and the QBA.
Rahman is leading the delegation from Bangladesh, bringing with him different government agencies like the Bangladesh Industrial Development Authority, Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, Bangladesh High Tech Parks Authority and industry leaders from different sectors, as well as more than 60 participating Bangladeshi companies.
The products and services on display at the exhibition are being exported by Bangladesh to more than 100 countries around the world, the BFQ said in a statement.
The event is expected to give companies from both countries the opportunity to interact through business-to-business meetings at the venue.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of the exhibition hall and highlighted by the seminar "Bangladesh-Qatar Relations: Untapped Potentials", which was opened by BFQ founding president Iftekhar Ahmad, followed by a speech from Ashud Ahmed, the ambassador of Bangladesh to Qatar.
QFC CEO Yousuf al-Jaida spoke on the "Role of Qatar Financial Centre", while Doha Bank CEO Dr R Seetharaman spoke about "Growing Opportunities for Bangladesh and Qatar." Rahman focused on updates about the Bangladesh economy, while BFQ president Yousuf Saeed concluded the seminar with a vote of thanks.
“Qatar is one of the most opulent countries in the world in terms of per capita income that provides easy access to the world’s major centres of commerce. I am sure, the country can be an excellent market, as well as a distribution hub for our export products.
“In addition, we have a large workforce stationed in the country, which could be a niche market for our products, too. Therefore, I am confident that the export promotion exhibition and investment hunting event will help propel the growth target in a new booming market,” Rahman said.
Aside from being a trade exhibition, visitors to the event will have the opportunity to witness fashion shows, cultural events, and the chance to sample Bangladeshi cuisine, the BFQ said.