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Workshop on commercial expansion of Pineapple fiber based products @ Modhupur



Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) and BURO Bangladesh jointly organized a workshop for commercial expansion of pineapple leaves fiber-based products on 30th May 2016 at Zonal Office at Modhupur in Tangail district under the project ‘Socio-economic empowerment of women through promotion of natural fiber-based products from agricultural wastages’. BWCCI in partnership with BURO Bangladesh has been implementing the project to build capacity of 2000 women entrepreneurs for producing handicrafts from banana and pineapple fiber, thus to reduce poverty and empower women with the funding support from European Union and Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh under its Bangladesh INSPIRED programme.

Mr. Pranesh Chandra Banik, Additional Director of BURO Bangladesh, presided over the workshop, while Alhaz Md. Sorowar Alam Khan Abu, Upazila Chairman of Modhupur Upazila was the Chief Guest and Mr. Ramendra Nath Biswas, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Modhupur Upazila and Upazila Agriculture Officer Mr. Mahmudul Hasan were present as Special Guests at the event. Women entrepreneurs, public and private sector officials, NGO representatives, journalists and local people representatives including Upazila Vice Chairman and Ex Upazila Chairman participated the workshop. Ms. Anne Raine, Senior Expert of European Union and Ektedar Ahmed, Financial Expert of European Union also were present in the workshop. Products from banana and pineapple fibers such as bags, mates and showpiece etc. were exhibited during the workshop.

Women entrepreneurs raised the issue of follow-up training, special sewing machines and additional fiber extraction machines for better production of fiber-based products. UNO appreciated the project as new concept and he mentioned that the project also created employment opportunities for local women.

While the chief guest of the workshop emphasis on quality development of fiber-based products. He further promised to support the project if and where necessary. He also emphasized more mobility of women ignoring all social barriers so that they can be active part of economic development of the country.

Anne Raine, in response to the audience, gave emphasis on the sustainability of the project and requested all parties to invest their highest efforts to continue the results of the project.

The Chair announce to ensure micro and medium size loan to women entrepreneurs for continuing their effort of producing and marketing of fiber based products.

Project Coordinator of BWCCI-INSPIRED Project presented key notes in the workshop.

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