Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) organized a 2 days long special training from 5 October 2015 at Radiant Institute of Design, Dhanmondi in the city.
The project ‘Socio- economic empowerment of women through promotion of natural fiber-based products from agricultural wastages’ under INSPIRED program funded by European Union and Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, says a press release.
BWCCI has been implementing the project to build capacity of 2000 women entrepreneurs for producing handicrafts, handlooms etc. from banana and pineapple fiber, thus to reduce poverty and empower women where BURO Bangladesh is the partner of BWCCI for the project.
In the opening session of the training, Mr. Sushen Chandra Das, Additional Sectary, Ministry of Industries, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Project Director, Bangladesh INSPIRED was present as the Chief Guest and he said that the project is innovative by its type and we can contribute significant to promote socio-economic status of rural women entrepreneurs through their capacity building. Mr. Md. Khairul Kabir Menon, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Industries and Deputy Project Director Bangladesh INSPIRED, Mr. Ali Sabed, Team Leader EU INSPIRED Components 1 and 2b including Deputy Director of SME Cell of Ministry of industries, Project Coordinator and other project staff members also attended the inaugural session of the training and delivered token speech for the participants. Ms Selima Ahmad, President of BWCCI presided over the inaugural session. Total 8 women SME cluster leaders from four project areas Narshingdi, Gaibandha, Tangail districts and Modhupur sub-district and 4 Unit Managers participated the training. Objective of the special training on product design and development is to strengthen skill of SME leaders so that they can train rest 2000 cluster members during women SME training effectively and efficiently.
In her opening remarks BWCCI President Ms. Selima Ahmad said that the growing involvement of women in entrepreneurial activities in the last few decades has added a new dimension in the socio-economic structure of Bangladesh and today, women entrepreneurs are directly contributing to our national economy. But in today’s competitive business arena it is highly important to explore new areas of business where Bangladeshi women can be more involved and more utilize their potentialities, she said. She said BWCCI has taken a new challenge to create more enterprises based on natural fiber and create more employments opportunities in the country.