The sixth BCCI in­ter­na­tional trade fair be­gan

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The Bhutan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (BCCI) has con­ducted its sixth in­ter­na­tional trade fair from Fri­day and will go on till 8 Septem­ber is the 6 Bhutan In­ter­na­tional trade fair keep­ing in view the suc­cess of past trade fairs.

The in­ter­na­tional trade fair is a con­sumer fair show casing prod­ucts from the re­gions of many coun­tries not from the sin­gle coun­try so it is in­ter­na­tional, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary said.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Phub Tsh­er­ing said that the cham­ber would also con­duct con­struc­tion fair, ed­u­ca­tion fair, re­gional friend­ship fairs and even an agri­cul­ture and flora ex­hi­bi­tion which was started last year. Most of the ex­hi­bi­tion takes place at Thim­phu but re­gional trade fairs are con­ducted at Sam­drup Jongkhar and Gele­phu.

Con­struc­tion fair mainly fo­cuses on con­struc­tion equip­ment’s, tech­nolo­gies and ma­te­ri­als. Ed­u­ca­tion fair fo­cuses on ed­u­ca­tion and they bring in col­leges and univer­si­ties from out­side so that they can show case their in­sti­tu­tions.

Sim­i­larly re­gional trade fairs are theme based and it is con­ducted across the cross bor­der. For ex­am­ple if it is con­ducted at Gele­phu then the theme would be some­thing like part­ner­ship of bet­ter busi­nesses.

The main aim of agri­cul­ture fair is in line with the gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive. He cited an ex­am­ple, for 11th Five Year plan gov­ern­ment has pledged huge sup­port to agri­cul­ture.

“But to do that I think we need lots of tools, ma­chiner­ies if we are talk­ing about mech­a­niza­tion, if we are talk­ing about ir­ri­ga­tion, equip­ment’s, green house and seeds are con­cerned. Peo­ple have to be in­formed on all this. So when they bring peo­ple they will show case to the peo­ple and will know about it,” said Phub Tsh­er­ing.

The rev­enue gen­er­a­tion from the fair to­tally de­pends on the num­ber of stalls which are rented out at Nu 35,000 for Bhutanese and for Nu 40,000 for the out­siders.

The ad­van­tages of hav­ing such fairs, ac­cord­ing to the BCCI Sec­re­tary Gen­eral is that lot of par­tic­i­pants come here, they spend money and it helps al­most all small ho­tels in Thim­phu who re­ceive full book­ings of rooms. This time around there is about 200 peo­ple from Nepal, 350 from In­dia and 90 to 100 peo­ple from Bangladesh. He fur­ther said that restau­rants will do busi­ness, hir­ing of ve­hi­cle trans­porta­tion will go on and gov­ern­ment gains sales tax and cus­tom duty.

“There are lots of tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits which are con­nected. But the main aim of trade fair is not to earn rev­enue and make money; it will cre­ate a plat form where Bhutanese peo­ple will get in touch with prin­ci­pal com­pa­nies to sup­ply prod­ucts. The other point for con­duct­ing it is that they can look at it how things are done, for an ex­am­ple dur­ing the Bhutan in­ter­na­tional trade fair there was live demon­stra­tion of how cane and bam­boo can be value added and how nice things can be made from it,” said Phub Tsh­er­ing.

When it comes to trade fair we need to bring in lots of peo­ple and have long process of get­ting visa which ac­tu­ally does not pro­mote such ini­tia­tive, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary said. He fur­ther said that if there are ways to fast track and stream line pro­cess­ing of visa for par­tic­i­pants would be re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated. He also said that due to the con­nec­tiv­ity also, they are not be­ing able to bring in more par­tic­i­pants.

Mean­while, there are about 35 com­pa­nies from Bhutan reg­is­tered for the in­ter­na­tional trade fair this year from all the re­gions and there are about 215 stalls this year.

Hara­ti­maa­handi craft from Nepal Mr. Amir Sakher said that he came to at­tend the events ev­ery year and last year he had made profit of about Nu 0.5mn af­ter the de­duc­tion of cost cut­ting, who sales stat­ues.

He fur­ther said that there are lots of com­pe­ti­tion this year as com­pare to last year so the prices of the prod­ucts de­creases.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Dharma Arts and Craft, Ten­zin Dorji who sale stat­ues said that this is the first time that they have joined in the events and can’t say how the busi­ness will go. He fur­ther said that they sell the stat­ues at low price as com­pare to Nepal be­cause there are out flow of our cur­rency.

He said that the stat­ues are made in Bhutan and the one who buy’s the stat­ues do not have to put relics.

Mr. An­gom Umeshshor Singh from Ma­nipur said that this is the fourth time that he par­tic­i­pated in Bhutan for such events and he will be com­ing next year too. He said that the sales of his prod­uct are go­ing well and that’s the rea­son why he comes.

He said that last year, he brought the prod­ucts amount­ing of Rs 50,000 and that was all sold out but this year he could bring only the prod­ucts of Rs 24,000 which was less than last the year due to the land slides.

Thim­phu Gonpa Tshon­gkhang, Yangki said that she par­tic­i­pates ev­ery year and the profit that she earn is not up to her ex­pec­ta­tions. She said that last year she had earned around Nu 30,000 af­ter the de­duc­tion of the price of her prod­ucts.

She said that this year there are more par­tic­i­pants and even there are craft bazar who sales the same prod­ucts so “I can’t say how the busi­ness will run”. She added that this year she had brought the prod­ucts amount­ing of Nu 0.1mn.

Rahul Dash rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bha­bani Ladies Cen­ter from As­sam said that this is the first time that he has come for such events and have a doubt whether his prod­ucts would be sold. He fur­ther said that he has con­fi­dent that his prod­ucts would be sold out dur­ing the stay.

Nakul Musha­ree of Weav­ing des­ti­na­tion, Kokra­jhar has came to the events for the first time and thinks that all the prod­ucts that he has brought to sell would be sold.

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