Speakers at a discussion in Rangpur underscored that small, cottage and handloom industries in rural areas can promote trade and business while creating job opportunities for the local unemployed youths would enhance rural economy.
The opinion came at the discussion arranged in the concluding ceremony of a three-day 'Natun Jibon Banijya Mela-2017' (New Life Trade Fair) at Public Library ground in the city on Saturday.
The Social Development Foundation (SDF) under the Bank and Financial Institutions Division arranged the fair to exhibit and sale products being produced by rural poor through Village Samities and create their linkage with traders and market operators.
Different SDF-assisted Village Samities and rural entrepreneurs of Rangpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Naogaon, Gaibandha, Khulna and Satkhira districts set up 40 stalls in the fair.
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed attended the concluding ceremony as the chief guest and distributed the prizes among the stall owners.
With Managing Director of SDF AZM Shakhawat Hossain in the chair, Police Super Mizanur Rahman and Khulna Regional Director of SDF Golam Farukh addressed the ceremony as special guests.
Members of the Village Samities, being run with SDF assistance, from different districts, small scale rural entrepreneurs and representatives of different trade bodies, bankers, traders, market operators and business community leaders were present.
They stressed on ensuring quality products maintaining standards to enhance business at local market and increase exports to earn foreign exchange.
The chief guest appreciated SDF for arranging the fair of the Village Samities and SDF assistance in flourishing small and cottage industries to strengthen rural economy," he added.