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Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2017 – First Ever International Leathergoods & Leather Footwear Sourcing Show

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Ministry of Commerce & Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) are organizing Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2017 – First Ever International Leathergoods & Leather Footwear Sourcing Show between 16-18 November 2017. International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina, MP, the Honourable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will inaugurate this grand event on 16 November 2017.

Diversification of exports is one of the key factors influencing the economic growth of Bangladesh. The leather sector is the second largest export earner for the country. Bangladesh is rapidly emerging as a popular destination for the sourcing of leather goods and footwear. First ever Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2017 will showcase the country’s strength in this sector.

Target Audience : Brands, buyers, designers, fashion experts, industry leaders, sourcing agents, consultants & distributors are the target audience for this show.

Visiting BLLISS will give an opportunity to establish relationships with the best leather footwear and leather goods and accessories factories in Bangladesh. Since Bangladesh is one of the largest growing hubs for manufacturing, this first edition of BLLISS will provide with the unique chance to get into the market early and create connections with the best manufacturers in the business. BLLISS 2017 helps establish business relationships with some of the leading OEMs, ODMs and OBMs from this fast growing production hub in the region.

The exhibitors participating in BLLISS are the pioneering leather footwear and leather goods factories in Bangladesh with internationally compliant world class production facilities. BLLISS will provide a platform for the manufacturers and buyers to meet and discuss possibilities for future business collaborations.

Highlights :
Opening ceremony on 16th November 20717 which the Honourable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will inaugurate. • Trade show featuring 7 pavilions and 20 stands showcasing leather footwear and leather goods that are being made in Bangladesh. • 3 breakout sessions focusing on key industry issues. • Networking dinner on 17 November which will provide opportunities for dialogue with industry leaders.

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FOOTWEAR : A range of children, men & women shoemakers, will be showcasing their latest collections & fashionable items such as: boots & high tops, pumps, ?ats oxfords, loafers, sports footwear, sneakers etc.

LEATHERGOODS : A handful of leathergoods manufacturers will display a wide variety of assorted leather items & accessories, ranging from handbags, shoulder bags, purses, pouches, wallets, briefcases, cases, travel bags, sports bags, vanity cases, belts, gloves etc.

Benefits of sourcing from BLLISS :
One-stop sourcing at BLLISS from some of the leading producers of leather footwear and leathergoods from Bangladesh • Establish business relationships with some of the leading OEMs, ODMs and OBMs from this fast growing production hub in the region. • Participate in on-site fringe programs and activities including seminars on fashion and business trends. • Catch up with factory visit.

Why Invest in Bangladesh ?
Bangladesh has a long established tanning industry which produces around 2-3% of the world’s leather from a ready supply of raw materials. • Abundant, competitive labour cost – ideal for labour intensive industry. • Government’s support in the form of tax holidays, duty free imports of raw materials and machinery for export-oriented leather market. • Tariff and quota free access to major markets such as the EU & Japan. • A tariff concession facility to major importing countries under Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) coverage. • 27% annual average export growth rate over the last 4 years. • Growing domestic market for footwear and leather articles (nearly ten million urban dwellers have annual incomes well in excess of $10,000 catering a sizable market for a wide range of goods and services). • Bonded warehouse facility. • Policy supports, export credit facility, fiscal and Non fiscal incentives.

Jointly Organized by : Ministry of Commerce & Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB)

Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) is the recognized trade body that represents most of the major export oriented manufacturers and exporters of leather goods and footwear in Bangladesh. LFMEAB being a proactive trade body guiding the sector by way of making strategic linkage, forging collaboration with relevant national and international institutes, materializing possible cooperation, mobilizing resources and playing a key role in advancing sustainable growth of the nation, through policy advocacy, research and innovative industry speci?c services. LFMEAB has continuously been leading initiatives to support for the development of the SME clusters and value chain through quality improvement, skill development, financial management improvement, and process development, etc. LFMEAB in partnership with Centre of Excellence for Leather Skill Bangladesh (COEL), which is a dedicated skills and service solution center, catering demand and needs of the industry. It has already developed two Common Facility Centre (CFCs). The association has also undertaken a programme to implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Eco-labelling schemes, which aims to establish Bangladesh as one of the leading sustainable sourcing destination in global supply chain.

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Mr Nasim Manzur – Convenor of BLLISS 2017 – Bangladesh Leather Footwear, Leathergoods International Sourcing Show, BLLISS 2017
LeatherBangladesh.com caught up with Mr. Nasim Manzur, Convenor of BLLISS 2017 & Managing Director of Apex Footwear about his impressions on the maiden edition of BLLISS 2017
Q : How did BLLISS 2017 turnout vis-a-vis your expectations?
A : I think it exceeded our wildest expectations. We are delighted that the show has been so well received and well participated. Most important has been the passion and enthusism of everybody involved from the organizers to the visitors and most importantly the participants. We have been so blessed that every single participant had taken it up as an opportunity to promote Bangladesh, promote brand Bangladesh and put their heart and soul into it. It came through in the quality of the stand and their professionalism in the way they had curated the product and they did not mind when the product was not accepted by the curation committee and came with a better product, it came through in the quality of the questions in the interactive sessions. Our initial objective was to put the Bangladesh on the map and we have made significant progress and I think it created a wow factor that Bangladesh can do something different which has been very statisfying.

Q : In terms of the buyer turnout what is your observation and how many visited and what was the outcome?
A : I think we had more than 65 visitors from abroad. More than 17 countries were represented. We had heads of sourcing of some of the biggest companies of the world, we had CEOs of some of the leading shoe companies in the world, we had some of the respected trade journalists who work in the footwear industry, we had some of the leading consultants in the footwear industry, so we think the cross section represented the interest and it was not about writing orders in the first show, but getting into people’s mind and I think that has been achieved. I am happy that we achieved 80-85% of what we wanted to achieve.

Q : What was the feedback of the buyers who visited BLLISS 2017?
A : The common feedback was the we exceeded their expectations. The BLLISS team and CIFA team together taking care of the hospitality and logistics was excellent. People were touched by the Bangladesh hospitality and also by the professionalism of what we created. So everybody said great things about what happened and we got some fantastic feedback on what we can do to make it better and we take that with great humility and we are looking forward to work harder to make BLLISS 2018 even better.

Q : How significant and useful were the breakout sessions?
A : I think quality of the sessions were excellent, attendance was good and speakers had variety of experience, the one on synthetic product beyond athletic, we had people who had experience of sourcing for 30 years, people who had massive sourcing operations in factories. The mix was fantastic. Quality of questions reflected sense of participation and it went beyond time sometimes.

Q : What is your vision ahead for BLLISS from now on?
A : BLLISS will go from strength to strength, 2017 was the test, we passed the test beyond a doubt and 2018 will be an acid test to sustain current enthusiasm as we had the Hon’ble Prime Minister inaugurating it via Video Conferencing because of health issues and then we had the Commerce Minister giving us such great support , the policy makers have seen what this industry can be. It is important for us is to contain this enthusiam and grow it for the next and for us it got to be a three year program. BLLISS has to sustain for minimum three years then I would consider the job done.

Q : In that context what is your expectation in terms of what will be the buyer turnout for next edition?
A : I think we will be selective in terms of participation, we are looking at quality than quantity.We will look at more diversity in display, I already spoke to a very important Japanese importer one of the most respected importers and they agreed to do a presentation, we will have more geography in terms of buying, we are going to try and get more representation from the US and will be looking at going a little bit beyond leather into synthetics as well.