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20 apparel makers to take part in Berlin fair on Feb 18

asia-apparel-expo-logo-125x125A total of 20 Bangladeshi apparel manufacturers will participate in a three-day fair in Berlin, Germany beginning on February 18.

Asia Apparel Expo-Berlin will be held at Messe Berlin Exhibition Ground.

Bangladesh’s Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) officials said the participation is to display the country’s garment products and to explore new markets.

Of the 20 participants, 17 are woven and three are knitwear factory owners.

EPB said they have confirmed about their participation in the expo.

It said the third Asia Apparel Expo will bring together over 250 experienced suppliers from the world’s largest clothing producing countries and regions including Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam and Thailan.

“We will be there to demonstrate our products to the present and potential buyers,??? said Akter Ali Sarkar, director (fair) of the EPB.

He said a total of 20 readymade garment makers will take part in the expo under the EPB supervision as part of a promotional campaign.

This is also a part of efforts to narrow the country’s trade deficit, according to the director.

He thinks through the participation, a knowledge on international trade rules and regulations can be acquired.

Bangladesh takes part in different fairs held in different countries to promote its products in the international market.

“The participations will help Bangladesh explore new destinations for its apparel products. It will ease dependency on the traditional markets,??? said Shahidullah Azim, vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

RMG exports grew over 20% to reach nearly $12bn in the first half of the current fiscal from one year ago.

During the first of last fiscal year, the figure was $10bn.

The country’s total export earnings rose 16.6% to $14.68bn in the July-December period from $12.6bn a year earlier.

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Source: Dhaka Tribune

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