Planning Minister MA Mannan inaugurated 40-day-long capacity building training for 3,000 women. Photo: Collected

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Anondomela, an online marketplace of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for entrepreneurs, has started capacity building training for 3,000 women from 40 districts in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) will implement the 40-day-long training programme funded by the UNDP.

Planning Minister MA Mannan today inaugurated the project at Windy Town in Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.

"Those who have different quality, they are entrepreneurs. And there is a kind of joy in being an entrepreneur. Especially in being able to earn money and spend it yourself. and they are now involved in diversified businesses with many innovative ideas," said Mannan.

"We want to create an environment where women can work independently in the country. Because if you do any work without women, that work will not be complete. The country will not move forward," he said.

Sudipto Kumar Mukherjee, country representative of UNDP Bangladesh, in his speech delivered virtually, said that the Anondomela platform is formed in the COVID-19 pandemic situation with its fund. But this is a good start to cover more areas after successful completion of the pilot phase, he said.

Selima Ahmad, president of BWCCI, said that the government is very much women-friendly.

Bangladesh has close to seven million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which involve around 25 million people, according to government data.

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