Women should be empowered through the easing of processes and policies they have to go through to avail loans from banks and financial institutions, said an adviser to Bangladesh Bank recently.
“Bangladesh Bank already has a Women Entrepreneurs Development Unit to promote, support, and provide services to women entrepreneurs across the country,” said Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, also a former deputy governor of the central bank.
“(It) has introduced several policy reforms to facilitate the growth of women entrepreneurs,” he said as chief guest at the closing of a five-day training on “SME Business Management”, says a press release. Standard Chartered Bangladesh and SME Foundation organised the training for 27 women entrepreneurs working on elderly care, event management, catering, jute and leather product manufacturing and clothes and accessories.
“This kind of collaborative training will create more skilled women entrepreneurs in the economy,” said Chowdhury.
“Women entrepreneurs have created significant employment opportunities in Bangladesh and have always been one of the key drivers of economic growth,” said Sabbir Ahmed, the bank’s head of retail banking.
He highlighted the importance of aiding women entrepreneur development.
The foundation’s managing director, Md Safiqul Islam, and management committee members and senior officials from Standard Chartered Bank attended the event.