Trade, in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion expo dis­play lo­cal prod­ucts

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The Bhutan – In­dia Trade and In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Expo (BITIPE) or­ga­nized four-day ex­hi­bi­tion on Bhutanese and In­dian hand­i­crafts to dis­play their prod­ucts all un­der one roof at Changlim­ithang park­ing space in Thim­phu. The expo cul­mi­nated on 16 Septem­ber.

The expo aimed at en­cour­ag­ing busi­ness tie-ups be­tween the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional en­trepreneurs, and to pro­mote trade and in­vest­ments op­por­tu­ni­ties through B2B meet and one to one in­ter­ac­tions.

The expo fea­tures lo­cal tex­tiles, arts, hand­i­craft prod­ucts, agri­cul­ture re­lated tools and many more.

To un­der­stand some of the tra­di­tions, the expo is a unique op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to Bhutan, as well as the Bhutanese to wit­ness var­i­ous prod­ucts and ser­vices from the lo- cal en­trepreneurs.

The event also saw a fourth Agri-Flori Fair themed ‘Agri­cul­ture for sus­tain­able grow and self – re­liance' which in­cluded farm ma­chiner­ies, food pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing ma­chin­ery, meat pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing tech­nolo­gies among oth­ers.

With a dis­play of new and high tech plants ma­chin­ery, it was ex­pected to en­hance agri­cul­ture pro­duc­tiv­ity to at­tain food self-suf­fi­ciency and pro­mote food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

BITIPE which is sev­enth in the se­ries was said to be big­ger and bet­ter com­pared to the pre­vi­ous years. The event was en­cour­aged by the suc­cess of pre­ced­ing ex­pos and saw wider and bet­ter qual­i­ta­tive hand­i­craft prod­ucts on dis­play.

The expo has been con­sis­tent in pro­vid­ing suc­cess­ful plat­forms to pro­mote the lo­cally pro­duced Bhutanese goods and ser­vices to the do­mes­tic mar­ket and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

The expo was also to trea­sure ‘Golden Ju­bilee Cel­e­bra­tion' of es­tab­lish­ment of for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and In­dia.

A to­tal of 118 com­pa­nies from Bhutan and In­dia par­tic­i­pated in the expo of which 46 were In­dian ex­hibitors from As­sam, Megha­laya and other North Eastern states.

The par­tic­i­pants from In­dia dis­played hand­loom, hand­i­craft, fur­ni­ture and elec­tri­cal items, bam­boo prod­ucts from As­sam among oth­ers.

The event was or­ga­nized by Bhutan Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try with sup­ported by Em­bassy of In­dia, Thim­phu. Ly­onpo Sonam Tob­gay, former Chief Jus­tice in­au­gu­rated the expo.

BITIPE is the largest an­nual event that brings to­gether both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors with a range of prod­ucts and ser­vices.

The expo was also to trea­sure ‘Golden Ju­bilee Cel­e­bra­tion’ of es­tab­lish­ment of for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and In­dia

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