7th Bhutan International Trade Fair
A five days 7th Bhutan International Trade Fair along with three thematic exhibitions featuring “Made in Bhutan”, “3rd Agri Flori Fair” and “6th Thematic Exhibitions on Indian Handicrafts” all under one platform at the Changlingmithang starts from last Thursday.
The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( BCCI) is organizing the fair sponsored by Honda Dhejung Motors, Thimphu.
As it was encourages by huge success of the past events. There were a total of 234 companies that includes India, Nepal, Thailand, and Bhutan participating and showcasing their local textiles, arts, handicrafts products, agriculture related tools and so on.
Simultaneously, the 6th Thematic Exhibition on Indian Handicrafts also exhibited handicrafts and bamboo product from Assam.
During the exhibition, the exotic textiles of Assam also showcased in the fashion show and cultural events in the evening program.
While, the thematic exhibition was supporting by Bodoland Regional Apex Weavers and Artisans Cooperative Federation Ltd. (BRAWFED) of Assam.
54 years, Tshewang Penjor from Lhuentse who came for the fair for the first time with numbers of Kishuthara said that he is hoping to sale more of his products.
But he said that he has to pay Nu. 45, 000 as a rent for the stall which is very high for him. “If I could sell five to six kishuthara, then I may not run in loss, otherwise there are chances that I may run into loss.”
Another participant Neihunuo Sorhie from Kohima in Nagaland, who came for the first time in international trade fair in Bhutan, said the programme is all sponsored by the North East Development financial Institute ( NEDFI). She along with one of her companion is selling handmade product produced in Nagaland.
Neihunuo said that since it is her first time participating for the fair said that she can’t predict about the sale of her products.
Meanwhile, the Bhutan International Trade Fair is the largest annual event that brings together both local and international exhibitors with a wide range of products and services under one roof and it is aimed to promote trade and investment opportunities through one to one interactions.
According to the press release from BCCI, this year is the first time together with the International Fair; BCCI is organizing the “Made in Bhutan” fair to promote the locally produced Bhutanese goods and services to the domestic market and international visitors. The exhibition shall enable the participants as well as the visitors to witness various products and services from the local entrepreneurs.
In the same platform, the 3rd Agri Flori Fair themed as “Agriculture for Sustainable Growth and Self Reliance” to enhance agriculture productivity to attain food self- sufficiency and promote food security in the country, it also showcasing farm machinery, food processing and packaging machinery, meat processing and packaging technologies, among others.
Meanwhile, the 7th International Trade Fair which will go until 18th September was inaugurated by Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Minister for Finance.
Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Minister for Ministry of Finance, graces the opening of the 7th Bhutan International Trade Fair last Thursday.