Corporate Connect: Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses is an International Finance Corporation project implemented by WEConnect International that seeks to generate long-term opportunities for women-owned businesses to connect and conduct business with local and multinational corporations in Bangladesh. This project is one of the first in Bangladesh to bring women-owned businesses and corporations together to assess the potential for market linkages and has great promise given the strong retail and wholesale presence of major corporations in the country.

The first phase of the project consisted of initial desk research, the administration of a survey to corporate representatives and women business owners, and a roundtable discussion to understand the challenges and opportunities in buying from women suppliers and selling to corporations. The second phase of the project is underway and will include an awareness campaign, capacity-building trainings, and a Forum to be held in Dhaka. 

Are you a representative of a local or multinational corporation that sources goods and services from Bangladesh? You can join the project as a corporate partner! Get in touch with Nicolas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Are you a woman-owned, legally registered business operating in Bangladesh? You can apply to self-register your business on the WEConnect International platform. More information here.

Picture 1 for Banglash Press ReleaseThe event featured distinguished guests Mr. Lutfur Rahaman, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh (second from left) and accomplished entrepreneur Mrs. Rokia Afzal Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (fourth from left).February 2nd marked the launch of a unique in-person training program under the initiative “Corporate Connect: Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses”- a technical advisory project implemented by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group and The Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh. This inaugural event was targeted to women business owners of micro, small and medium enterprises in Bangladesh to enhance their supply chain linkages to some of the biggest local and multinational corporations sourcing from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh3A discussion titled ‘Women in Business: Dhaka Roundtable on Strengthening Market Access and Integration into Corporate Value Chains’ was held at Amari Hotel in Dhaka.

Senior executives and managers from national and international corporations, women business owners of micro, small and medium enterprises, business associations, NGOs, donor agencies and high-level government officials from the Ministry of Commerce, including Secretary Shubhashish, attended the program.

Bangladesh1A roundtable discussion (RTD) on Strengthening Market Access for Women Business Owners took place at the office of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) on January 22nd, 2018. The event discussed how Women Business Enterprises (WBE) in Bangladesh can be connected with the buyers around the world who procures goods of trillions of dollars each year.

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NicolasPicardCropNicolas Picard
Research, Analysis, and Project Manager
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