Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) has tied up with SME Foundation to jointly work towards development and capacity building of the small and medium enterprises across the country. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organizations at a function at the SME Foundation office at Agargaon on Thursday. BCI president Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez) and SME Foundation managing director Dr Md Mofizur Rahman signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides. SME Foundation Chairperson Dr Md Masudur Rahman was present on the occasion. Also read: BCI demands simplification of taxation system Addressing at the function, Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury said that BCI has been the sole chamber in the country body representing the entire industrial sector. “It has been working towards removing all sorts of bottlenecks against industrialization. BCI has already launched an initiative to create new entrepreneurship, develop micro, small and medium industries and improve the light engineering and agro-based industries. He said the lack of skilled manpower and efficient managers have become the major obstacles in the development of the industrial sectors. Also read: BCI seeks German GIZ cooperation to create skilled manpower in industrial sector “Most of the new entrepreneurs have to leave their venture within the first 2-3 years because of the lack of efficiency in marketing and due to inadequate financial credit support,” he said adding that the BCI will now provide training to the entrepreneurs to improve their efficiency and capability. He said the BCI believes that through the partnership with the SME Foundation, it will be possible to raise the contribution of the industrial sector to 60-70 percent to the economy. The Chairperson of SME Foundation said, "We appreciate the initiative of the BCI. Read SME Foundation to hold fair in 6 divisions to promote local products “The partnership between the BCI and SME Foundation can work together to eliminate existing problems in the SME sector with development and capacity building,” he added. This MoU will further accelerate the work of the BCI and SME Foundation in development and capacity building of the small and medium industrial sector, he hoped. BCI director Nazmul Anwar, secretary general Dr Ordhendu Shekhar Roy and Deputy Management of SME Foundation Salahuddin Mahmud, Md Nazim Hasan Sattar, general Manager Farzana Khan and other officials of both sides were present on the occasion. Read SME Foundation disburses Tk300 crore stimulus loans to 3,106 entrepreneurs
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The SME Foundation has disbursed Tk300 crore of stimulus loans ahead of the government’s declared schedule time to offset the loss of Covid-19 pandemic. The loan was disbursed among 3,106 CMSME entrepreneurs at the marginal level on easy terms and at low interest, said the Foundation on Sunday. The stimulus loans have been given to cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises (CMSMEs) under the government's second phase incentive package to accelerate the country's economic recovery in the face of coronavirus to improve the living standards of marginalized people in rural areas. Also read: BB fixes 15pc installment for CMSME to avoid loans classifying In the second phase, it announced an incentive package of Tk 1,500 crore, of which Tk 300 crore was allocated in favour of the SME Foundation. In the fiscal year 2020-21, the finance department released Tk 100 crore in favor of SME Foundation and in the fiscal year 2021-22, the finance department released Tk 200 crore. Of this, the SME Foundation distributed Tk 200 crore, six months ahead of schedule for the current financial year. The SME Foundation has distributed the entire amount in just four and a half months in two phases. Around 26 per cent of the loans disbursed to women entrepreneurs and remained 74 per cent loans disbursed to men entrepreneurs. Among the loaned entrepreneurs, 1462 are from the trading sector, 1167 from the manufacturing sector and 477from the service sector. Around 50 per cent of entrepreneurs have received loans of less than Tk 5 lakh. Also read: We need to strengthen SMEs, agro-businesses for expanding economy: Tipu Munshi The SME Foundation has signed loan disbursement agreements with 12 banks and financial institutions in the first phase and 19 banks and financial institutions in the second phase. Banks and financial institutions are Brac Bank, Bank Asia, BASIC Bank, The City Bank, Mutual Trust Bank, Dhaka Bank, NRB Commercial Bank, Premier Bank, Social Islami Bank, One Bank, Prime Bank, Karmasangsthan Bank, United Commercial Bank, Eastern Bank, Southeast Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, Bengal Commercial Bank, IPDC Finance, IDLC Finance and Lankabangla Finance. Entrepreneurs have received loans at 4 per cent interest under the stimulus package. In the first phase, the amount of loan at the entrepreneurs’ level ranged from a minimum of Tk 1 lakh to a maximum of Tk 75 lakh. However, in the second phase, a maximum loan limit was set at Tk 50 lakh to bring more entrepreneurs under the loan scheme.
Women entrepreneurs will be provided with plots in the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) on priority basis, said Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Sunday.
KM Habib Ullah, chairperson of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in India early Wednesday. He breathed his last around 2:30 am while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kolkata in India, said Morshed Alam, assistant general manager of SME Foundation. He had been suffering from kidney problem and admitted to the hospital on March 10. Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder, Secretary to the Industries Ministry KM Ali Azam, Managing Director of SME Foundation Mohammad Shafiqul Islam expressed deep shock at the demise of Habib Ullah.