GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – The 20th International Guwahati Trade Fair, which got under way at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre on January 30, is evoking a good response from the citizens. The event, being organized by ITFAA in association with NSIC, showcases pavilions from countries including Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Egypt and Myanmar among others. Pakistan and Myanmar are participating here after a gap of almost 10 years.
With products ranging from onyx stone and food items, the Pakistan contingent has been quite happy with the response from the people of Guwahati.
Nabeel Ahmed, one of the partners in Nadeem Enterprises, stated that the onyx stone items on display had been manufactured at prime production units in Karachi, Pakistan. He added that due to its high refractive index over ordinary marble, it falls in the category of semi-precious stone.
Depending on the intricacy and the time on the designs involved, the price of the product ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 2,00,000 and upwards.
The Karachi Darbar, which houses ethnic Pakistani food items, is specializing in items like biryanis, korma and many others. The chief chef, who hails from Karachi itself, stated that the method of preparation would be their basic USP over the food items prepared in India.
Myanmar, which is participating at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre for the first time, is displaying gems and precious stones. Their pavilion is showcasing jewels, necklace, and different decorative items with gems studded picture on Indian mythology.
With items ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 1, 00,000, the dealers promise the items to be made of 18-carat gold. The pearl sets with their stated acquirement from only the south coast of Thailand are also attracting the visitors, especially young women. Besides, ruby, sapphires, jade are some of the other precious stones that they are dealing in.
Meanwhile, the ‘Window to the World’ pavilion has hogged the limelight with regular Thai dance performance in the evening along with traditional Thai food.