Experts for effective public-private alliance to promote handicraft sector

Published : 02 Jun 2023 09:09 PM

Speakers laid due importance on establishing effective collaboration between the public and private sectors in promotion and popularizing the country' highly potential handicraft sector. 

The remarks were made in the inaugural ceremony of a 5-day handicraft fair on Thursday at Daffodil Plaza, Sobhanbagh in the capital. 

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) and Daffodil International University (DIU) jointly organize the fair.

Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Chairman of BSCIC attended the opening ceremony as the chief guest with Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, Vice-Chancellor of Daffodil International University in the chair.

Mohammad Nuruzzaman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Daffodil Family was present as the special guest.

In his address as the chief guest, BSCIC Chairman Mahbubur Rahman emphasized the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors, hailing the Handicraft Fair as an exemplary partnership. 

He expressed delight in working with a leading, world-class institution like Daffodil International University, and encouraged the small, medium, and cottage industry sectors to leverage the university's innovations and new knowledge in areas such as information technology. 

He assured them of BSCIC's unwavering support in enhancing their efficiency and competitiveness in the global fourth industrial revolution.

Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, in his speech as the President, highlighted Daffodil University's commitment to practical education that goes beyond traditional classroom lectures. 

He underlined the significance of the nine-year-long collaboration between DIU and traditional institutions like BSCIC, as it has significantly contributed to improving the overall efficiency and capacity of the small, medium, and cottage industries. 

He also mentioned DIU's unique four-year undergraduate honors course on Entrepreneurship Development, emphasizing the university's dedication to fostering entrepreneurial skills among its students.

Abu Taher Khan, Project Director of the Industrial Innovation Center of DIU delivered welcome address while Prof. Dr. Masum Iqbal, Dean,. Faculty of Business & Entrepreneurship, DIU also spoke in the opening ceremony. 

The fair features the participation of 25 small entrepreneurs and artisans from across the country, showcasing a diverse range of products such as embroidery, jamdani, boutiques, leather handicrafts, various handicrafts, and honey.