The government will set up SME advisory centres at district and upazila levels which will provide small and medium entrepreneurs with one-stop services, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.
“Entrepreneurs will get necessary help from the centres to start a new business, expand existing ones as well as get management and technical training and consultancy services.”
The prime minister read out the comments while inaugurating the sixth National SME Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
She also emphasised setting up display and sales centres in every divisional city to showcase products of successful entrepreneurs.
Hasina said there were around 10 lakh SMEs in the country which can employ at least 10 lakh people every year. She said around 267 select SMEs from across the country were taking part in the fair, 67 percent of which was owned by women entrepreneurs.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu chaired the inaugural ceremony of the fair. SME Foundation and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) jointly organised the fair.
Industries Secretary Muhammad Abdullah and FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, among others, spoke.
At the ceremony, five entrepreneurs received the National SME Entrepreneur Awards 2018 from the premier for their outstanding contributions to the SME sector in 2017.
They are Shahida Parvin from Bismillah Trade Solution, Md Shahibuddin and Maksuda Hasnat from Shotodal Hastoshilpa and Gazi Towhidul Rahman and AKM Fahim Mashroor from bdjobs.com.