The four-day international food and beverage exhibition, titled “Eighth Selangor International Expo”, has started in Malaysia. For the first time, Bangladesh participated in the fair along with 23 other countries from around the world. The Bangladesh pavilion has allocated free stalls for Bangladeshis with special significance.
The fair is part of the International Business Conference of Global Brands and Industrial Entrepreneurs organized under the auspices of the Selangor State Government.
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Selangor State Crown Prince Tengku Amir Shah inaugurated the conference and trade fair at the KLCC Convention Center in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest, Chief Minister of Selangor State, YB Dato’ Seri Amirudin bin Shari, “Through SIBS 2022, Selangor is taking the lead in supporting the economic recovery and reinvention, not just for Selangor, but for Malaysia and ASEAN friends.”
In the Bangladesh pavilion, Bangladeshi cuisine restaurant Bachelor Point, Pitha Ghar and Alo Chhaya presented traditional Bangladeshi dishes. In addition, food and beverage products of PRAN and Monnu Ceramic Tableware products (dinner set, tea set, coffee cup, bowl) are also on display.
Many Malaysian visitors, including diplomats, industrialists, investors and expatriates from participating countries, visited the Bangladeshi stand.
Bangladesh High Commission Counselor (Consular) GM Russell Rana, First Secretary (Commercial) Pranab Kumar Ghosh and Bangladesh and Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) Director Mahbub Alam also came to the pavilion on opening day.
Pranab Kumar Ghosh, said: “Apart from one million expatriate Bangladeshis, there is a demand for our food products among migrants from other Asian countries. It is expected that the export market for food products Bangladeshi people are still increasing thanks to this fair”.
On the opening day, Brishti Khatun, a Bangladeshi student from the Culinary of Sunway University in Malaysia, and Dil Afroz Nahar from Bangladesh attended a masterclass in Bangladeshi cuisine demonstration and cooking.
They presented different information about Bangalee cuisines and food quality to the visitors.
Dil Afroz said, “Traditional cuisine, one of the main ingredients of traditional Bengali hospitality, has been famous for a long time. But on the international scene, the presentation was not so. We can do it thanks to this fair.
“I am delighted to have been able to present a different identity of Bangladesh on the international stage today,” said Brishti Khatun.
The fair will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until October 9. No entrance fee will be charged to visitors. The Bangladesh High Commission has invited expatriates to visit the “Bangladesh Pavilion”.
Mentionably, this largest business summit and trade show has 906 booths from 623 companies from 24 countries, setting a new record.
The host state government of Selangor expects over 30,000 investors to visit the fair this year.
Dato Teng Chang Khim, adviser for industry and commerce of the State Council, hoped to achieve the target of 10 billion ringgit in foreign investment through this fair after the corona outbreak.