Govt Pledges Full Support To SMEs
Monday, 25 May 2009

Commerce minister Faruq Khan on Sunday pledged government support to the small and medium enterprises that he said were generating scores of jobs.

"The sector has played a significant role in the past and will do the same in future," he said while opening the fourth SME Fair at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital.

"We will extend our assistance as we have pledged to attach importance to SME sector in our election manifesto," the minister said.

The fourth Small and Medium Enterprises Fair kicked off on Sunday in the city, displaying products of some 80 businesses.

The fair, organised by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries, has 95 stalls and 13 pavilions.

FBCCI president Annisul Huq presided over the inaugural programme while Oman Chamber of Commerce chairman Khalil Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Khonji was special guest

"This fair is significant for attracting customers and to bring positive and qualitative changes in the economy," Annisul Huq said on Saturday.

Seven entrepreneurs will be awarded 'FBCCI-Standard Chartered Bank SME Award' on the last day of the fair on May 27. President Zillur Rahman will be present on that day as the chief guest.

The fair will display agro-based products, light engineering tools, ceramic and melamine products, textile and apparel, processed fruits and vegetables, readymade garment, milk products, furniture, fish and fish feed, jute-based products, pickles, fruit juice, jam and jelly, poultry, cane and bamboo products, cottage industry, plastic and organic products, jewellery, watches, food products, drinks and herbal medicine.

Media partners of the fair are, Shomokal, Channel I, Financial Express and Radio Today.

FBCCI had arranged the SME fair in 2002, 2005 and 2006.

The fair will run from 10am to 9pm every day.


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