UN to launch 5-year project to enhance women entrepreneurship

DHAKA Women and Children Affairs Secretary Kamrun

Nahar said the country has made significant social progress as well as

economic progress working towards achieving the status of a middle-income

country by 2021.

The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs is committed to advancing

women's entrepreneurship and economic participation which will support the

advancement of Bangladesh as a whole, she said while inaugurating a national

dialogue here today.

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in

cooperation with the government of Bangladesh and Global Affairs Canada

organised the dialogue focusing on growth of women entrepreneurs as a

strategy for poverty reduction and sustainable economic growth.

It was held as a part of the five-year project titled 'Catalyzing Women's

Entrepreneurship: Creating a Gender-Responsive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem',

said a press release.

The project aims to create an enabling policy and business environment to

enhance women entrepreneurs' access to capital through innovative financing

mechanisms, usage of ICT and digital solutions.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana said, As entrepreneurs make up the backbone of

Asia-Pacific economies so that we are seeing more women becoming involved in

economic activities in Bangladesh.

She also highlighted the need of ensuring that the women entrepreneurs

have the ability, skills and apparatuses necessary to successfully start-up

and expand their business.

Managing Director of SME Foundation Safiqul Islam said, The outcomes of

today's dialogue will contribute to ongoing work we are undertaking , in

collaboration with ESCAP, assessing access to finance constraint micro, small

and medium enterprises (MSMEs) face in Bangladesh and identifying public-

private sector actions which will catalyze entrepreneurship.

More than 80 policymakers, MSME representatives and other stakeholders

participated in the discussion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)