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Non-financial challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in SMEs

A seminar on ‘Non-financial challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in SMEs’ organized by the SME foundation as Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka, 17 March.

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Figure: SME foundation organized a seminar in Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.

At the seminar, experts pinpointed Women entrepreneurs need training on producing quality products and quality marketing to excel in life.

K M Habib Ullah, Chairperson of SME Foundation said they had plans to ensure training for women to give them a good foundation in their arena.

The government can introduce a topic in the education system outlining ways for becoming entrepreneurs and it should be continued in higher education, Habib Ullah said, adding, “Entrepreneurs are not born but arise through a grooming process.”

“We need to initiate specific district-wise training to create entrepreneurs, where foreign trainers can impart knowledge on making quality products,” said Rokia Afzal Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs.

A number of women entrepreneurs voiced their problems in the seminar. Most involved not getting support from their families, facing social hurdles, lacking product quality, having difficulties in marketing and lacking ICT knowledge.

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