In an effort to promote inclusive growth in Bangladesh, Agri-business for Trade Competitiveness Project, branded as Katalyst, under the umbrella of Ministry of Commerce has organised an experience sharing event on 16 February 2017. The event highlighted how Katalyst facilitated a lasting change in the lives of over 4.69 million low-income people living in rural Bangladesh. Mr. Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Additional Secretary , Ministry of Commerce, was the Chief Guest in the event.
The event had organised two panel discussions on topics ‘Inclusive Business: Sustainable Model for Poverty Reduction in Bangladesh’ and ‘Food processing in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Prospects for Growth’. The discussions were centered around what the private companies believed have gained from engaging with ‘inclusive business’ models; what other stakeholders (donors and government) believed to be the ‘business case’ in promoting such approaches; and finally what support structures were required to be in place to design and manage more such initiatives.
In the event, Katalyst also showcased its experiences through a Market Place exhibition highlighting some of its work over the past decade in areas of Farmed Fish, Vegetable, Maize, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Local Agribusiness Networks, Information Channels and Capitalisation initiatives.
The workshop was attended by representatives from various donors, government, leading private sector companies, academic institutions, and media. The representatives shared their experiences of working with Katalyst and highlighted examples of numerous innovative and successful initiatives.