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CMSMEs to get one stop service at digital centres

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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CMSMEs to get one stop service at digital centres
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam and SME Foundation Managing Director Mafizur Rahman are seen at an agreement signing ceremony at the latter’s office in the capital on Wednesday.

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Digital Centres will provide one stop services to cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises (CMSME) in finance, getting trade licences and other necessary services to facilitate the start of their business.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division senior secretary NM Zeaul Alam inaugurated the one step service initiative at SME Foundation in Dhaka on Wednesday as the chief guest.

Initially, the implementation of the pilot programme began in 30 Union Digital Centers in 27 upazilas of 22 districts.  Aspire to Innovate (A2i) project director Dewan Humayun Kabir and SME Foundation managing director Mafizur Rahman signed an agreement in this regard on behalf of their respective sides.

Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir said that digital centres have been set up at the district, upazila, municipal and union levels in order to ensure that no division is created when it comes to delivering digital citizen services to people's doorsteps.

“From these digital centres, A2I is regularly taking new initiatives to provide all-round support for micro entrepreneurs from trade licences to providing necessary documents,” he said.

SME Foundation managing director Mafizur Rahman said that the labor-intensive and low-capital CMSME sector has an important contribution to the country's growing economy.

“These centres will act as 'one-stop service centres' for the promotion of SME industries where entrepreneurs can avail of business start-up and expansion, business and technical training support and consultancy services,” he said. Industries Ministry additional secretary Kazi Sakhawat Hossain, A2i joint project director Nahid Sultana Mallick, policy advisor Anir Chowdhury and Bangladesh Bank special programme director Jaker Hossain also spoke on the occasion.