Regional SME fair ends in Rajshahi

An eight-day long ‘Regional SME Products Fair- 2020’ ended at Rajshahi on Tuesday evening with the call of promoting local SME sector, enhancing production of quality SME products, exhibition and introduction of SME goods for expanding business, trade and commerce, reports BSS.

In the fair, a spectrum of locally produced SME goods including leather products, jute-made products, handicrafts, processed agricultural products, electrical and electronic goods, clothes, design and fashion wares and other products were exhibited in around 70 stalls.

SME Foundation and district administration jointly organised the fair on Rajshahi Collectorate playground in association with Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh (NASIB).

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Humayun Kabir Khandaker addressed the closing ceremony as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque in the chair. Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz Akter, Superintendent of Police Muhammad Shahidullah, BSCIC Regional Director Tamanna Rahman and President of Bangladesh Silk Industries Owners Association Liakat Ali spoke as special guests.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Shariful Haque also addressed the session, illustrating salient feature of the fair. The chief guest said large-scale promotion of SMEs can be an effective means of more income generation and poverty alleviation. Both public and private banks should disburse loan among SME entrepreneurs, particularly women, to promote SME entrepreneurship in Rajshahi region, he said.

Humayun Kabir said various business fields, including software, agro- processing and its business, agriculture plantation, fisheries, poultry, tissue culture, leather goods, health services and education services, should be selected for investment.

Besides, the entrepreneurs should come forward to establish small and medium industries in the region to create employment opportunities for regional development. He, however, said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has adopted various need-based measures for taking forward the SME sector.

The country has already achieved tremendous uplift in every sector with the participation of men and women on its way to become a middle income nation soon.