January 18, 2017 09:20 PM NPT
A vendor arranges her products in her stall at the 3rd Nepal-Bangladesh Expo at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, on Wednesday.
KATHMANDU, Jan 18: The 3rd edition of Nepal-Bangladesh Expo has recorded transactions worth around Rs 20 million in the opening two days, according to the organizers.
Rakesh K Mahato, managing director of Synthesis Exhibitions and Events, said that more than 5,000 people have already visited the expo. “The participation of visitors so far has not been satisfying. But we are encouraged by the footfalls on the second day” added Mahato. “If turnout increases in this rate, we can meet the target of 60,000 visitors by Saturday.”
Arian Chaudhary, an attendant at a stall of NOA Food Products, said that the number of visitors also expressed disappointment as low visitor footfalls. “Number of visitors, however, increased on the second day compared to the opening day,” he said, adding that the visitors are satisfied with their products.
NOA Food Products has been exhibiting food products like toast, sauce, spices, jam, jelly, dry cake and mango bars, among others, at the expo.
“I have seen good prospects for Bangladeshi products in the Nepali market. If the Nepal government eases import process, our business here will flourish further,” Chaudhary added.
Sabina Maharjan, the owner of Champa Kapada Udhyog, is satisfied with the business at the expo. “The business is better than our expectations. There is a huge demand for our cotton products,” she said, adding that she was planning to add more products in the stall.
Manisha Giri of Samakhushi told Republica that she found the price of Bangladeshi products reasonable. “This type of expo should be organized on a regular basis,” she said, adding that the expo has helped Nepalis to know more about Bangladeshi products.
The expo is showcasing building and construction materials, readymade garments, saris, plastic products, cosmetics, tiles and ceramics, jute and jute products, leather products, textiles, footwear, home appliances, handicraft items, food items, sanitary fittings and jewelries, among other products.
The Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Kathmandu is the organizer of the expo.