For the first time in South Asia,, an online market place for small women entrepreneurs has been launched from Bangladesh. The marketplace presents domestic products of 100 women entrepreneurs. This platform will be a milestone in empowering smart women to bring f-commerce, p-commerce and domestic products to the e-commerce platform, believes the entrepreneurs.

Minister of Social Welfare Dr. Deepu Moni inaugurated the specialized e-commerce platform on Thursday at Hotel La Meridien in Dhaka.

“Success cannot be achieved without qualified leadership. In that leadership we have created an example of how information technology can change lives. A few Milestones have already been crossed. Through, women entrepreneurs can spread domestic products to the world”, said the minister.

She further said, “Politics is not a contagious disease. Politics is not as harmful as smoking. No one is out of politics. Metrorail, Expressways are all constructed due to political decisions. So, choose the right policy. We have to choose the policy that if there is a politics there should be economic self-reliance, my life will be easier”.    

State Minister for Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak presided over the opening ceremony and the Secretary of Information and Communication Technology Department Md. Shamsul Arefin, President of Bangladesh Mahila Awami League Meher Afroz Chumki and Lead Country Economist of World Bank Solaiman Coulibaly were present as special guests.

While speaking as the president of the program, Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “An agreement between the postal department along with WE will help the entrepreneurs in the delivery of products. Special internet package will be offered for them”.

He further added that, about 9000 women entrepreneurs of Bangladesh are currently working in Union, Municipal and City Corporation Digital Centers and delivering government services to people. A bold decision by Bangabandhu’s daughter Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has created employment for our women community and ensured the opportunity for women to participate in the technology sector. Due to that revolutionary decision, today almost 50 percent of e-commerce entrepreneurs in Bangladesh are women.

Palak further informed that, another 5000 women entrepreneurs will receive this grant on behalf of the ICT Division, and said that, we can make equity investment of up to 5 crore taka from Startup Bangladesh for those women entrepreneurs who want to expand their ventures and take them to the global market. Chairman Jahanur Kabir Shakib delivered the welcome address on the occasion. After that, the director of the organization Imana Haque Jyoti spoke about this new platform. Hosna Ferdous, Senior Private Sector Specialist of the World Bank also spoke.

e-CAB General Secretary and Managing Director of weHatbazar Nasima Akhtar Nisha highlighted the future plans of weHatbazar in the event. She said that during the 4th industrial revolution, there has been 40 percent growth in the digital commerce sector in the country. It is expected that one lakh women will be employed in the e-commerce sector with the help of this platform. 

The platform was formally inaugurated by cutting a cake in the presence of the leaders of various organizations of ICT sector.

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