Officials at a function have called upon the people for purchasing local products being inspired with patriotic zeal to help flourish the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector for accelerating national development, reports BSS.
They came up with the call at concluding ceremony of the seven-day Regional SME Product Fair- 2018 organised by the SME Foundation on the Public Library ground here on Saturday evening.
The district administration, Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Rangpur Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RWCCI), National Association of Small and Cottage Industries Bangladesh (NASIB) and other SME- related organisations extended assistance in arranging the fair.
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed attended the function and distributed crests and certificates among the best stall owners and local entrepreneurs as the chief guest.
With Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman in the chair, Deputy Director (Local Government) Ruhul Amin Mian, Acting President of district Awami League Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, President of Rangpur Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rezaul Islam Litan, addressed as special guests.
Seventy-five SME institutions and female entrepreneurs had set up stalls exhibiting locally produced leather and jute-made goods, handicrafts, processed agro-products, electric goods, clothes, household goods, and other products in the fair.
The speakers said the SME sector plays a vital role in creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth workforces to improve their livelihoods and accelerate national development.
Ruhul Amin Mian appreciated the SME Foundation to take initiatives for expanding trade and businesses as well as flourishing the sector and creating more jobs by arranging Regional SME Product Fairs at different regions of the country.
Rezaul Islam Litan laid special emphasis on flourishing female entrepreneurship in the local SME sector and production of international standard SME products to enhance export by facing challenges of global free trade economy system.
Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed also put importance on flourishing female entrepreneurship in the SME sector by providing necessary assistance to them.
The chief guest said the fair successfully explored huge prospect in the SME sector and urged the entrepreneurs for availing the assistance being provided by the SME Foundation, banks and other financial institutions to flourish the local SME sector.