KHULNA: Speakers at a seminar here today stressed improving quality of SME products to face open market challenges.
They were speaking at a seminar on ‘Financing Small and Medium Industries, Commodity Production and Marketing Policy’ marking the Regional SME Fair-2016, in the conference room of deputy commissioner of Khulna, reports BSS.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Khulna Range Police, S M Moniruzzaman addressed the seminar as the chief guest while deputy commissioner of Khulna Nazmul Hasan chaired.
The chief guest stressed inclusion of more women in the SME initiatives adding that the SME Foundation can play a vital role in increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in this field. Khulna District Administration, SME Foundation, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Khulna Chamber and Commerce Industry (KCCI) and Bangladesh Bank, Khulna regional office, jointly organised the seminar.
Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Bangladesh Bank in Khulna Prakash Chandra Bairagi, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of Khulna Deepankar Biswas and Director of Investment Board Niranjan kumar Mondal, among others, addressed the meeting. Dean of Management and Business Administration (MBA) School of Khulna University (KU) Professor Mehedi Hasan Hefzur Rahman presented the keynote paper. Deputy General manager of BSCIC Sayed Morshed Ali also spoke. The speakers said SMEs will play vital role in reducing poverty creating more jobs for achieving 10 per cent growth in GDP and making Bangladesh a middle income country by 2017.
Investment Board is working for flourishing Small and Medium Industries and Bangladesh Bank is extending financial support to the entreprenurse, they added.
Attending entrepreneurs demanded reduction of hassles to get bank loans, establish sales center for marketing products, visiting grass root level by the officials of the concerned banks.