Dhaka International trade fair is one of the largest fair in the country. The 19th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) was started at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Saturday. Prime Minsister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the fair by cutting a ribbon and releasing balloons. The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and the Ministry of Commerce are jointly organizing the month-long fair, the country’s biggest trade exposition at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital. Pointing that Bangladesh has immense potentials, the Prime Minister hoped that this show would play an effective role in the country’s economic uplift side by side with strengthening, friendship, harmony and commercial relations between the participating countries. Apart from host Bangladesh, 27 organizations from 12 countries including India, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, US, UK, Turkey and Singapore are taking part in the show. There will be 96 pavilions, 49 mini pavilions and 316 stalls in the event. Entry fee has been fixed at Taka 30 for adult and Taka 20 for a child. The fair would remain open for the visitors from 10 am to 10:00pm every day. The salient features of this year’s trade show include setting up of Sundarbans eco-park, e-shop, medical and blood donation centre, performance of local folk songs and countdown clock. Bangabandhu Memorial pavilion has been erected in the DITF like the past years to project the history of the Liberation War before the young generation. A separate booth of the National Consumers Rights Protection Directorate (NCRPD) has also been set up to ensure quality of foods and goods. Commerce Secretary Mahhub Ahmed, FBCCI Persident Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed and EPB Vice Chairman Shubhashish Bose was also present on the inaugurated ceremony.