3,000 women entrepreneurs will receive digital and financial literacy training

A workshop on basic digital and financial literacy was launched yesterday to enable 3,000 women entrepreneurs from a UNDP market to effectively operate and grow their online businesses.

Anondomela, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) online marketplace for entrepreneurs, kicked off the 40-day event bringing together participants from 40 districts.

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Planning Minister MA Mannan inaugurated the associated project, implemented by the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) and funded by UNDP, at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center.

“Those who wear a different quality are entrepreneurs. And there is a kind of joy in being an entrepreneur. Especially in being able to make money and spend it on your own. And they are now involved in diversified businesses with many innovative ideas, ”Mannan says.

“We want to create an environment where women can work independently. Because if you do a job without women, that job will not be complete. The country will not move forward,” he said. declared.

“Now is the time for a change and now is the time for online business, together we can achieve a lot. Capacity building training can help develop the skills of women entrepreneurs,” he said. added.

Bangladesh has undergone many changes over the past 12 years and improvements in the digital economy and online businesses are one of the best examples, said Minister of State for Information Technology and Communication. communication (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak.

Internet access has already been extended to remote areas of the country and there will hopefully be significant changes in the industry by January 2022, he said.

Women entrepreneurs will have a space in the high-tech parks to establish business incubation centers and those who are successful will also be able to benefit from a one-time grant of Tk 50,000, Palak added.

Anondomela was formed in the midst of the pandemic and the successful completion of the pilot phase will be a good start to cover more areas, said Sudipto Kumar Mukherjee, country representative for UNDP Bangladesh.

He said Bangladesh’s transition from least developed to developing country status as the United Nations was underway, so women’s empowerment has become essential.

He also placed importance on digital and economic equity.

UNDP wants to lead by example in supporting government initiatives and hopefully Anondomela will be like Joyeeta but online, said Nazneen Ahmed, UNDP country economist.

Joyeeta is a government enterprise where products made by creative women from all over the country are displayed and sold under the supervision of the Ministry of Women and Children.

“I have no idea how to sell products in the online market. How to deal with it,” said Cynthia Bhuiyan, an entrepreneur from Khilgaon in Dhaka.

“I hope that thanks to this training, I will be able to acquire this knowledge. It would add a new dimension to the sale of my company’s products, ”she said.

Shamima Sultana Shilu, another entrepreneur from Khulna, said: “I have been doing business for a long time. But I didn’t go online.

“Thanks to this initiative, all of Bangladesh is there. In addition, buyers from other countries will be able to know about my products. And they can also buy, ”he said.

Selima Ahmad, President of BWCCI, also spoke.

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