Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) organized Meet the Press regarding the first ever held Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS)-2017 in cooperation with Ministry of Commerce (MoC), on Sunday, 5th November at the Westin Hotel, Dhaka The show’s thematic tagline is: Think ahead, think Bangladesh.
LFMEAB shared overall preparation, different aspects, dimension and expected outcomes of the show with printing and digital media. The sourcing show will be held from 16 to 18 November at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB). The exhibitors will showcase products in seven pavilions and 25 stands in the event
Mr. Shubashis Basu Secretary, Ministry of Commerce chaired the press meet while Mr. Md Saiful Islam, President, LFMEAB presided over the event. Mr. Michael Schultheiss, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dhaka, Bangladesh was present as the Special Guest, Mr. Christian Ewert, Director General, Foreign Trade Association (FTA) based in Brussels and Mr. Chen Shao Tseng, Managing Director, Patenga Footwear (Pvt) Ltd were also present at the event representing international buyer’s platform and FDI investor in leather sector respectively.
Mr. Shubashis Basu Secretary informed that, “earlier this year, as part of the policy drive to orient Bangladesh’s economy towards export diversification, The Government of Bangladesh has declared leather, footwear and leather products the national ‘Product of the Year’ 2017.
Following this declaration, among other activities round the year, the LFMEAB and the Ministry of Commerce conceived the idea to organize BLLISS 2017. This show will be instrumental in achieving 5 billion export earning target by 2021”
LFMEAB president said that the purpose of this show is to turn Bangladesh into a global sourcing hub by bringing buyers, global retailers, international sourcing agents to see the quality and range of products, enabling direct interaction with local manufacturers & exporters. He also informed that association has plan to organize this show every year from now on.
The organizers and the panel expressed the hope that BLLISS will also act as a platform that will allow potential foreign investors to know firsthand the investment opportunities as well as business benefits of sourcing from Bangladesh. As a result, new export order will be directed towards Bangladesh.