The eleventh edition of the Garment Accessories and Packaging Exposition (GAPEXPO) 2020 will be held on January 15 at the International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital.
The four-day international exhibition will showcase the latest garment accessories, packaging, raw materials and machinery products to attract the global as well as domestic buyers, said a press release on Sunday.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi is expected to inaugurate the exposition as the chief guest, while the prime minister's Private Industry and Investment Advisor Salman F Rahman, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Dr Rubana Huq, and the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Sheikh Fazle Fahim will join the event as special quests.
Bangladesh Garment Accessories and Packaging Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA), India's Ask Trade and Exhibition Private Limited, and Zakaria Trade and Fair International will jointly organise the expo.
"The contribution of garment accessories to overall apparel exports has been growing gradually as the local manufacturers of the backward linkage industry are now able to meet local demands," said BGAPMEA President Abdul Kader khan.
In the given situation, we are creating opportunities for the local apparel makers as well as accessories producers to showcase the latest trend and innovative products through the expo, said Kader.
"In addition, the expo will help the Bangladeshi manufacturers to attract the attention of global buyers as the country is now an exporter of garment accessories also," he added.
About 270 companies from 20 different countries are expected to participate in the mega exposition.
A very wide range of latest garment accessories and packaging products, including zippers, buttons, labels, interlining, tissue paper, drawstring, sewing thread, elastic or non-elastic lace, belt, narrow fabrics, gum tape, scotch tape, masking tape, paper adhesive tape, poly bag, hanger, padding and quilting, screen printing, foil printing, embroidery, collar insert, collar bone and butterfly, will be displayed in the expo to attract the buyers.
In addition, all kinds of modern machinery, and cutting edge technologies of the garments accessories and packaging industry, and many more will be displayed.
Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand, USA, Finland, India, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey will participate in the expo.
About 30,000 local and international visitors joined the last exposition, while the organisers are expecting 40,000 visitors this year.