– Bangladesh‘s largest National Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Fair kicked off Thursday in the capital Dhaka with the aim of promoting entrepreneurs and expanding their markets through product diversification.
Some 325 SMEs have been exhibiting their products, including jute, agricultural and leather products, as well as electrical and information and technology items at the 10-day fair.
Bangladeshi Minister of Industries Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun opened the exhibition at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), also known as the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center.
The Bangladesh SME Foundation organizes the annual fair since 2012.
Md Mafizur Rahman, managing director of the SME Foundation, said that at least 60 percent of the total booths at the fair are women entrepreneurs. She said that the organizer is prioritizing women in the small and medium-sized industry sector.
Parallel to the event, there will be five seminars on easy financing for SME entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, technology, ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and cluster-based product development. ■