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Private sector meeting and business networking session held

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Business Desk :
A private-sector meeting on women in trade and a business networking session was held to provide better and more services to WOBs.
International Trade Centre's SheTrades in the Commonwealth project organised the session at a city hotel on Wednesday. Over 16 of ITC's private-sector partners (large corporations and multinationals) and representatives from 10 Bangladeshi women-owned businesses (WOBs) were participated in the meeting.
The SheTrades in the Commonwealth (STC) project is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) over two years, from April 2018 - March 2020.
Part of ITC's SheTrades initiative, the project aims to increase economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries by enabling the increased participation of women-owned businesses in international trade.
Simon Balfe, Programme Officer of Sustainable and Inclusive Chains of Division of Enterprises and Institutions of ITC, Michelle Kristy, Associate Expert, Tanvir Ahmad, Country Coordinator of Bangladesh, Richard Beniston, Women and Trade Programme of policy officer trade for development UK Aid and Christina Toepell, trade preferences policy adviser of UK Aid, among others, were  present.
Simon Balfe said SheTrades in the Commonwealth has worked with 336 women-owned businesses in Bangladesh - 58 and 278 from the IT and Business Process Outsourcing and Textile and Apparel sectors respectively.
STC has also engaged 11 local business support organisations to provide better and more services to WOBs, he added.
He further said for instance, our partner, the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) has initiated a special investment service for women-owned enterprises.'  
As a result of our business generation and capacity building activities, we have directly or indirectly created up to 1,107 jobs for women and generated up to 9,669,000 USD in business leads, he added.

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