5:16 pm - Thursday May 24, 4103

Workshop on commercial expansion of banana fiber held

Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) and BURO Bangladesh organized a workshop on Commercial Expansion of Banana Fiber Based Products on 24 May 2016 at Conference Room of Human Resource Development Center, BURO Bangladesh at Registrypara, Tangail. The project ‘Socio- economic empowerment of women through promotion of natural fiber-based products from agricultural wastages’ under Bangladesh INSPIRED programme funded by European Union and Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has been being implemented by BWCCI to build capacity of 2000 women entrepreneurs for producing handicrafts from banana and pineapple fiber, thus to reduce poverty and empower women where BURO Bangladesh is the partner of BWCCI for the project.

Photo of the workshopMr. Pranesh Chandra Banik, Deputy-Director, BURO, Bangladesh presided over the workshop, while Ms. Manira Sultana, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Tangail was the Chief Guest and Md.Azizur Rahaman, Deputy Director, Youth Development Department, Tangail and Md. Harunur_Rashid, a renowned social worker was present as Special Guests at the event. Women entrepreneurs, public and private sector officials, NGO representatives, journalists and other relevant stakeholders participated in the workshop.

ADC (Revenue) in her speech focused on product design and diversification, soft loan provision for women entrepreneurs and continuous research on quality of fibers and products. She also emphasized to focus the issue like bank loan in District Coordination Meeting so that required solution can be made. She also declared to allocate stalls free of cost for women entrepreneurs in Tangail. She further recommended to accommodate trained women under other similar projects to utilize their capacity for sustainability. She furthermore expressed his solidarity to provide all supports to women entrepreneurs to continue their efforts.

All the participants participated in the workshop actively. Md. Nazrul Islam, Assistant Coordinator, BURO Bangladesh delivered welcome speech and Project Coordinator of BWCCI-INSPIRED Project presented key notes in the workshop.