Women entrepreneurs ask for political support to obtain bank loans

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On Wednesday, women entrepreneurs participating in a program sought political support from the government to gain better access to bank loans to help them contribute more to the national economy.

They also suggested reducing the rate of value added tax on shops and creating a separate bank for them.

Such political support will motivate women entrepreneurs, they said.

They made the recommendation during the first meeting of the Standing Committee on Women Entrepreneurship Development organized by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry at its office in the capital Dhaka on the same day.

FBCCI President, Md Jashim Uddin was present as the main guest of the program.

Due to a lack of access to finance and market, women entrepreneurs still lag behind men, even though the government is striving to ensure gender equality, Jashim said.

To ensure easy access to finance for women, he suggested that banks offer them loans at a minimum interest rate.

He also insisted on the participation of women entrepreneurs in trade fairs at district level to promote their products in the markets.

FBCCI Senior Vice President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu has called on district chambers to organize workshops and seminars to promote women entrepreneurs.

Ismat Jerin Khan, President of the Patuakhali Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chair of the Standing Committee, chaired the event.

She said, “Women should come forward to secure their rights to make a remarkable contribution to the national economy.

FBCCI Vice Presidents, Md Amin Helaly said, “The business license process should be simplified for women entrepreneurs and FBCCI will always stand with women entrepreneurs to promote them.

Along with other members of the standing committee, the President of the National Association of Small Craft Industries of Bangladesh, Mirza Nurul Gani Shovon, and the Director of FBCCI, Md Rezaul Karim Reznu, attend the program.

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