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BWCCI Progressive Award 2015 & 2016

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BWCCI Progressive Award 2015 & 2016

Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) organized an award giving ceremony entitled “BWCCI Progressive Award 2015 and 2016” at Multipurpose Hall, Institution of Diploma Engineers, Kakrail, Dhaka on 26 September 2017. The program was held with the presence of Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh as chief guest. Mr. Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, ndc, Senior Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh as special guest, Mr. Dilip Kumar Agarwala, Managing Director, Diamond World Limited, Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, MD & CEO of Agrani Bank and Ms. Sabina Alam, Director, ABC Real Estate Ltd. participated at the event as guests of honor and sponsors of the program. Ms. Selima Ahmad, president of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry chaired the program while Ms. Sangita Ahmed, Senior Vice president of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry were present.

In addition to this, 500 women entrepreneurs from all over the country, donor representatives, bank personnel, media representatives, civil society people and directors of BWCCI Board were also present in the program.

This year 8 women entrepreneurs from 8 divisions who are also BWCCI members are awarded for their significant achievement in business; they were Sabira Yesmin from Barisal division, Minara Begum from Chittagong division, Saba Nowrin Poly from Dhaka division, Surya Parvin from Khulna division, Ziniya Hasnat Jue from Rangpur division, Hasnara Begum Suchi from Rajshahi division, Sufia Iqbal Khan from Sylhet division and Ainun Nahar from Mymensingh division. With them, 2 media representatives also received award this year for their contributions towards women entrepreneurship development in the country who are –Shamima Akter Dola, Senior Reporter from Ekattur Television in electronic media category and Shanaullah Sakib Tanu, staff reporter from Daily Prothom Alo in print media category. Honorable Information Minister Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu handed over the awards to the winners which included a trophy, a certificate and prize money.

Giving her speech BWCCI’s President Ms. Selima Ahmad said that half of the country’s population is women who are contributing significantly to the whole development; but they are also the main victims of violence and discriminations in the society. She said though despite all hurdles number of women entrepreneurs is increasing but they are struggling to move forward due to proper information, financial and policy support. She requested the Government to provide bank loan at 5% interest rate to women entrepreneurs. She also requested to the Government to increase women‘s participation in the industry sector business.

Congratulating all the winners, Information Minister said that women as entrepreneurs have established their position in the areas of women development. Mentioning that BWCCI’s initiative to inspire women entrepreneurs through progressive award is indeed praiseworthy, he said that BWCCI is making great contribution in bringing women economic empowerment in the country. He advised women entrepreneurs to build their capacity on business management and ICT. He also advised women entrepreneurs to maintain their products quality so that they can compete in the market nationally and internationally. He said that now it’s time to uplift women entrepreneurs from micro credit to institutional finance. He stated that to promote women entrepreneurship Government can provide bank loan at 5% interest rate to women entrepreneurs even for a certain period.

Special guest Mr. Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, ndc, Senior Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh assured in his speech to help BWCCI in all respects. Along with Mr. Dilip Kumar Agarwala, Managing Director, Diamond World Limited, Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, MD & CEO of Agrani Bank, Ms. Sabina Alam, Director, ABC Real Estate Ltd. and BWCCI board members also delivered their valuable speeches and committed to continue their support in promoting women entrepreneurship.

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