Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses in Bangladesh is a World Bank Group 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. 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 half-day Forum to be held in Dhaka. 

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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