YK Poudel 

The 11th construction and wood expo which saw 75 companies from India and Bhutan participate ended on October 17.

The four-day event was held at the Changlingmithang Parking Space, Thimphu was themed “Reviving to reinvent businesses to wave over the Covid-19 pandemic.”

This year the expo aimed to create a platform to explore the latest and better construction industry products and technologies from the participating companies. The event saw 45 Indian companies.

Glow Light Boutique’s representative said that they waited for the past two years for Bhutan to reopen for outsiders. “We deal with traders and we have received more orders this time,” the representative said.

According to Druk Menjong Wood Industry CEO, Namgay Thinley Dorji, the expo has provided a favourable space for the company to show their products. “People were happy to see our products and services. We got a good number of orders placed as well.”

One of the local dealers and a customer, Prithvi Man Gurung, 43, said that he learnt about more modern tools and equipment.

“I visited on all four days and walked around and checked the quality of products that could make lucrative business in a couple of years,” he said.

A bamboo product, tshar manufactured in Mongar and Zhemgang was launched during the event by the Lyonpo. The project is implemented by Tarayana Foundation under the support of SAARC Development Fund.

Lyonpo Loknath Sharma during the inauguration said about the possibility of high-end bamboo furniture and wood furniture to meet the demands and to support the enhancement of domestic capabilities.

Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised the expo in collaboration with the Association of Wood-Based Industries. The 10th BCWE was held in July 2019.