National SME Fair 2021 begins today...

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National SME Fair 2021 begins today

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:14 AM, 5 December 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The National SME Fair 2021 is set to begin on Sunday in the capital to help small and medium entrepreneurs promote market that was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open virtually the 8-day long small and medium enterprise (SME) fair at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.

The SME Foundation is organising the annual event after a break of 19-month and for the first time, 10 banks, financial institutes and Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will participate in the fair to be held from December 5 to 13. 

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages laying emphasis on boosting of the small and medium enterprise sector for accelerating economic progress in the country.

In this year's SME fair, all categories of entrepreneurs, financiers, and trainers will come under one roof targeting to provide all necessary support to help them recover businesses of SME products.

The foundation held the last SME Fair in March 2020 which was quickly wrapped up after the first few cases of coronavirus infections were detected in the country. 

This year the fair has been designed to support the SME sector players in all aspects so that they get confidence back in doing businesses.

Due to space constraint, the foundation has planned to allow 325 entrepreneurs in the venue after selecting them considering product categories. 

Sources said 325 entrepreneurs of which 60 percent are females have been selected from remote and micro level of entrepreneurs, from traditional to new and diversified products.

This year's fair includes seminars, training for newcomers, networking, skill development in technology and cluster base product development.

BRAC Bank, Eastern Bank, Bank Asia, Janata Bank, Dhaka Bank, Mutual Bank, BSCIC, BITAC, BSTI, JDPC and BCSIR will participate in the fair.

The products to be on the display include jute, jute products, leather and leather products, handicrafts, cane products, potteries, ceramics, artificial flowers, jewelry, boutiques, food processing, Jamdani, agro-processing. 

Besides, products from light engineering, plastic, electronic and electrical, agro machinery and IT and courier sector will also be there at the fair.