As a part of METABUILD project, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) , The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) & STENUM Asia organized a 2-day “International Clean Technology (ICT) Fair” at the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB), Dhaka on 26-27 June, 2019. The goal of this “ICT Fair” was to bring together the industries and the technology providers to apprise METABUILD project companies about various technologies that could be employed while implementing Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) approach. These technologies would complement the RECP practices already being introduced at the METABUILD project SMEs through the direct consulting and implementation support being provided by the METABUILD Technical Consultants of DCCI. A total 64 technology suppliers (from Bangladesh, India and China) exhibited their products in the fair. Three financial institutions also participated in the fair and described about different “Green Financing Schemes” to the visitors. There were more than 1200 visitors in 2 days. About 98 METBUILD beneficiary companies visited the fair. All METABUILD beneficiary companies gave positive feedback and expressed their interest to install new technologies in their factories.
The opening ceremony of the ICT Fair was well attended by Mr. Md. Helal Uddin, Chairman, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), Mr. Siddique Zobair, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral , Mr. Dario Trombetta, Programme Manager, Sustainable Development, Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, Mr. Waqar Ahmed Choudhury, Senior Vice President of DCCI, Mr. Imran Ahmed, Vice President of DCCI, Mr. Rajat Batra, Senior Technical Expert, METABUILD project and Mr. Prahlad Tewari, Technical Expert, METABUILD project.
A technical session was also held on the first day of the fair, wherein Mr. Siddique Zobair, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral presented an excellent overview of the energy security issues at Bangladesh and called upon industries in Bangladesh to adopt energy efficiency measures. He appreciated the year 3 results of METABUILD project and wanted to see more such project activities working with industries in Bangladesh.
Seven top TV channels, 18 popular newspapers and 5 online news channels covered the news of this “International Clean Technology Fair”