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Gas crisis will end from January: Commerce Minister

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  • 24 November, 2022 17:28:31

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News Desk: Industrial production is being disrupted due to gas crisis. Commenting that this is a temporary problem, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said, this crisis will end from next January.

He said these things while speaking as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of Ceramic Expo Bangladesh-2022 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Thursday (November 24).

Commerce Minister said, ceramic industry is a potential sector of Bangladesh. Ceramic products produced in the country meet 85% of the demand. Meanwhile, 50 countries are exporting ceramic products worth one billion dollars. The government will give full support to the traders so that the production and export of ceramic products can be increased.

He said that all the facilities will be given to those who want to export the products of the sector including ready-made clothes and ceramics. FBCCI Senior Vice President Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu, BCMEA Secretary General Irfan Uddin presided over the function of Bangladesh Ceramic Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BCMEA) President Sirajul Islam Mollah.

120 companies from 20 countries of the world, including Bangladesh, participated with about 150 brands in this three-day ceramic fair organized by BCMEA. The three-day exhibition will be open to all, including visitors and buyers and sellers, without entry fee from 10 am to 7 pm daily.

It was said in the ceremony that the ceramic sector is gradually consolidating its position among the export products of the country. Ceramic products of Bangladesh are being exported to more than 50 countries. The ceramic industry entrepreneurs of the country are active to further this potential sector. In continuation of this, the three-day Ceramic Expo-2022 has started in the capital Dhaka for the third time.

BCMEA president Sirajul Islam Mollah said that more than 70 factories of ceramics, tableware, tiles and sanitary ware have been established in the country. The sales amount in the local market is about 8 thousand crores annually. Production in the ceramic sector has increased by 200 percent and investment by nearly 20 percent in the last ten years. Exporting ceramic products to more than 50 countries in the world earns about 500 crore rupees annually. Export income is increasing in this sector, investment is also increasing.

He said that there is an investment of more than 15 thousand crore rupees in this industry. About five lakh people are directly and indirectly involved in this sector. The three-day exhibition is open to all, including visitors and buyers. The fair will run daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

Akiz Ceramics is the principal sponsor of the fair, Sheltec Ceramics and DBL Ceramics are the platinum sponsors and Mir Ceramics, Abul Khair Ceramics, BHL Ceramics, HLT DLT Technology and Sakmi are the co-sponsors.

90 companies and 200 brands from 15 countries are under the same roof at the expo under the overall management of Wem Communications. Besides, 300 international representatives and buyers will participate.

The three days of the fair will have five seminars, job fair, Bitubi and Bitusi meetings, raffle draws, attractive gifts, live demonstrations, spot orders and new product unveiling opportunities.


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