Develop fashion schools
A specialised design school will help educate local women entrepreneurs to understand the latest in fashion trends around the world and export their products to developed nations, said the commerce minister yesterday.
“Only a few fashion designing schools are operating presently in the country. We need more specialised schools of such sort to educate our women entrepreneurs,” said Faruk Khan.
“The government will take steps to help the Bangladesh Women Cha-mber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), if they take the initiative to establish such a design school," he added.
The minister was speaking at a Grand Project Dissemination Event, co-organised by the BWCCI, Silk Association of Nepal and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in Dhaka.
“We are constantly working to ensure women empowerment by encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating training programmes to further develop their skills,” said Khan.
He said the government is set to appoint 10,000 primary school teachers, 80 percent of whom would be women.
The European Commi-ssion and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry funded the two-year project that started in November 2007.
Stefan Frowein, ambassador and head of delegation of the European Comm-ission in Bangladesh, said the main objective of the project is to propel women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh and India, mainly in the handicrafts and silk industry.
“Women entrepreneurs in both the countries have made good progress. They require further training to develop an understanding over international marketing strategies and global fashion trends. It will help them enhance their production capacity and turnover eventually,” he added.
Duncan Noeman, deputy high commissioner of British High Commission in Dhaka, and Shankar P Pandeya, president of Silk Association of Nepal, were also present.