7th Bhutan In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair

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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.

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