The third Malaysia trade show will be held in Dhaka next month.
According to the Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, this year’s show – May 23 to May 25 – will focus on Malaysian
healthcare and tourism.
The Chamber has been organising the show since
2008 in the two countries.
Its President Syed Nurul Islam at a press
briefing on Saturday said when they organised it in Malaysia, they called it
He said about 40 Malaysian companies, including
manufacturers, exporters, traders, educational institutions, service providers
like telecommunication, banking, insurance, information technology and tourism,
and healthcare will showcase their products and services in the fair styled
‘Showcase Malaysia 2013’.
“It’s a great opportunity to attract large
number of businessmen, visitors and professionals,” he said. They expect 15,000
visitors to the exhibition this time round.
The two-way trade between the
two countries exceeds $1 billion. But Bangladesh suffers huge trade deficit with
imports hitting $1.38 billion and exports accounting for only $56 million in the
But at the same time, Malaysia is also one of the top
destinations for Bangladesh’s manpower export, remittances of which grease the
country’s economic wheels.
The Chamber believes Bangladesh is ‘more
attractive’ for investment and businesses now than ever before for
“It’s (the show) a unique opportunity for the local businessmen
to see the authentic products physically and interact with the Malaysian
manufacturers or exporters directly at the exhibition,” the President
Malaysian High Commissioner Norlin Binti Othman at the press
briefing said this showcase would serve as ‘a meeting place’ for businessmen of
the two countries.
“It’s a starting point,” she said and that their
cultural troops would come to enthral the visitors apart from businessmen in the
Mobile operator Robi is the title sponsor while the Dana Group,
Pubali Bank Ltd and the City Bank Limited are the co-sponsors of the
The second Malaysia show was held in 2012, four years after the
The first Bangladesh show was held in 2010 in Malaysia
while the second one was organised two years later.