Policy Dialogue on ‘Self-Employment & Entrepreneurship Development in Bangladesh’ heldMay 15, 2016
A policy dialogue on ‘Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Development in Bangladesh’ held on 15 May 2016 at Karabi Hall of Prime Minister’s Office. The event was jointly organized by the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office (Supported by UNDP & USAID), Integrated Support to Poverty and Inequality Reduction through Enterprise Development (INSPIRED) Project of European Union and Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) of International Labor Organization (ILO). Deputy Country Director of ILO Mr. Gagan Raj Bhandari, Vice Chairperson of Suchona Foundation Professor Pran Gopal Datta and Team Leader of INSPIRED Project of European Union Mr. Ali Sabet were present as guests. The policy dialogue is chaired by the Director General (Administration) and Project Director of a2i Programme Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar.
In Bangladesh, millions of young people need jobs but only a fraction of them are able to find formal jobs (or wage employment) due to shortage of such jobs or lack of required qualifications that the young people are currently able to offer. So, for those young people, self-employment and entrepreneurship development provide alternative means of job creation and livelihoods improvement.
There were two sessions in this event: the inaugural session and the technical session. Participants to include senior officials and experts from the various government Ministries and Department, representatives of the development partners, private sector and NGOs.
This policy dialogue discussed ongoing successful initiatives on entrepreneurship development and ways and means of engaging more and more young people. Discussions included the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) model that has been developed by ILO and is being successfully implemented in more than one hundred countries.
The speakers discussed about setting up of a single national level entrepreneurship development initiative in Bangladesh. The objective was to contribute to more effective entrepreneurship development in Bangladesh and to support the young people to become self-employed entrepreneurs, especially females and under privileged who are unable or deprived of finding wage employment.