The government of Bangladesh has been organising an export fair to try to boost sales of Bangladeshi products abroad.
1. SV PAN EXTERIOR Array of flags 0.08
2. GV Entrance to export fair '82 0.14
3. GV INTERIOR Crowds milling around fair 0.21
4. GV ZOOM IN SV Stand of Bangladeshi crafts 0.26
5. SV INTERIOR PAN Wicker work articles on show (3 shots) 0.42
6. SV PAN Heavy machine tools 0.53
7. SV Stainless steel cutlery 0.58
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Background: DACCA, BANGLADESH
The government of Bangladesh has been organising an export fair to try to boost sales of Bangladeshi products abroad. It says so far there has been a good response with hundreds of businessmen examining the country's products. Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest countries, with a per capita income of just 90 dollars a year. (1978). This for a population of 88 million people (1980). The government estimates it needs one billion dollars a year to feed its people, but earns only about half that from its exports. The balance is made up in overseas aid, chiefly from Japan, Canada, U.K. and U.S.A. Now, a new bid is being made to increase earnings. Jute products bring 70 per cent of foreign earnings. But two new fertiliser plants have been built, and President Abdus Sattar has said he expects fertilisers to overtake jute soon. Other products on display are handicraft, engineering equipment, fish and cutlery.
Source: ATIQUL ALAM