International Relation Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Gowher Rizvi said that the linkage of the CMSMEs entrepreneurs with international supply chains has now come to be a pressing demand of the time to maintain the rally of growth.
Dr. Gowher Rizvi made the comments at a virtual seminar on “CMSMEs in Bangladesh: Journey, Challenges and Future Direction” on Saturday.Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center of University of Dhaka organised the seminar as part of its REVIVE Project, a joint collaboration of ICE Center and UNDP Bangladesh, said a press release.
Presided over by ICE Center Vice-Chairman Dr. Khondoker Bazlul Haque and moderated by ICE Center Executive Director Md. Rashedur Rahman, Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank AKM Sajedur Rahman and President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Barrister Nihad Kabir spoke as distinguished guests.
The seminar was also attended by Honorary Professor, University of Dhaka Dr.Momtaz Uddin Ahmed, and Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh Khurshid Alam.
Dr. Gowher Rizvi congratulated ICE Center for initiating REVIVE project that targets the CMSMEs of the country.
From his experience of working with the indigenous community, Gowher Rizvi said that although training and skills development activities that are being undertaken for indigenous and marginal people are appropriate but the main problem lies in creating linkage for them with the market.
To attain the vision of 2030, it is important to bring forward the underprivileged class of citizens in the community and he hopes ICE Center would play a pivotal role.MCCI President Nihad Kabir stated that it is important to address cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises individually while developing policies on different issues such as dealing with the issue like internationalization of CMSMEs sectors or bank policies in providing financial support.
By applauding Project REVIVE for its district mapping initiative of the 64 districts, she emphasised on its outcome to be useful for the development and industrialisation of the districts.
BB Deputy Governor AKM Sajedur Rahman also said that CMSME sector needs to be giving priority for the continued economic growth of Bangladesh.