BUILD Holds Seminar
Womens empowerment thru access to tech underscored
Speakers urged the relevant authorities to reform policies for increased access of women entrepreneurs to technology for their further empowerment.
The speakers were brainstorming at a seminar titled 'Access to Technology for Women SME Entrepreneurs,' organised by the Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) in Dhaka on Sunday.
Held at the Conference Room of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the seminar was attended by Women leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, ICT Development professionals, researchers, policy makers and business communities.
BUILD Adviser and Founder Chairman Asif Ibrahim speaking as the chief guest underscored the need of easier policies for increasing access of women entrepreneurs to technology.
He also suggested for reforming the policies to make women in business even more competitive and to empower them to realize their true potentials.
"We hope to remove the gender gaps and propose policies for ease of doing business in our SME Development Working Committee especially by women-owned enterprises" he added.
BUILD CEO Ferdaus Ara Begum said despite government's emphasis on manufactured-based industrialization and vision of engaging the private sector to create a favourable environment in the 7th five year plan (FYP), the access to technology for women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh is not at all up to the mark, though technology is an absolute need they cannot escape from.
Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) President Luna Shamsuddoha suggested for gender segregated data to know the real statistics of women's contribution. She also put emphasis on more dedicated delivery channel for extending e-commerce and authentication security to popularize e-commerce.
E-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) President Razib Ahmed put light on policy inconsistencies for women entrepreneurs that are blocking their business growth.
He hopes that women in e-commerce will generate one million jobs in the next 10 years putting light on the need for support for women entrepreneurs for legalizing their business.
SME Foundation Deputy General Manager Farzana Khan and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) Vice President Farhana A. Rahman also spoke. They urged the Government to put together their actions in favour to ease the access of technology of all modes for reaping the benefits from the female contributing into our economy through entrepreneurship.
Jannatul Ferdaus Shetu, Research Associate of BUILD presented the findings of the study of BUILD and put thrust on Intellectual Property Rights and forming Task Force for overseeing the implementation and impact of those policies to enhance technological support for women empowerment.