For the first time, the International Women Entrepreneurs’ Summit (IWES) will take place in Dhaka on 23-24 November to promote a networking bridge for local and worldwide entrepreneurs.
Mantasha Ahmed, president of the Bangladesh-India Business Council (BIBC), announced that this event will be held at Radisson Blu Water Garden with the support of the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and the Association of Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (AFDB). She also added that, in celebration of Bangladesh’s Golden Jubilee, a summit would be held targeting 50 countries.
There will be multiple informative sessions discussing ‘Graduation of SMEs’, ‘Agro and Food Processing, ‘Health Services, ‘ICT,’ ‘Care and Wellness, ‘All About Startups,’ ‘Women in Big Industries’ and ‘Media and Entertainment’.
Mrs. Mantasa also included, “Local women entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to establish a strong network with international entrepreneurs through the summit. They will also be connected with the global market, attracting foreign investments,”. She also mentioned that BIBC looks forward to empowering female-led businesses in collaboration with government, private, and other global networks with better promotion.
Executive chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Lokman Hossain Mia emphasized that women entrepreneurs should be recognized for their achievements on international platforms so they can gain knowledge and equip themselves to overcome obstacles.
According to the world bank group, Bangladesh’s female labor force participation increased from 30 percent in 2008 to 38 percent in 2018. Furthermore, meta reports that more than 70 percent of female-led businesses have opened on Facebook since the pandemic. In addition, more than 65percent of women are doing business on Instagram. Digital platforms are gradually becoming a doorway for women entrepreneurs across the country who are influencing in particular fields.
Apart from all these facts, Bangladesh is one of the few countries in the South Asian region where women’s employment rates have increased significantly in the last decade.