The Swiss Ambassador in Bangladesh, Dr. Urs Herren and officials from DFID and Swiss Development Cooperation visited furniture and ICT activities of Katalyst on 14 January, 2010.
The team met with furniture manufacturers and members of Bangladesh Furniture Exporters’ Association about their initiatives in exploring export market in collaboration with Katalyst and the Export Promotion Bureau. The manufactures also discussed their plan to address production, marketing, design and compliance issues through a national export strategy for furniture.
The team also visited a Grameenphone Community Information Center (GPCIC) located in Shingair Bazar, Makingonj and discussed about the operations, revenue and customer demography. The visitor team also met with the farmers in the CIC. Particularly they were interested to know about the types of services, benefits received by the farmer. Visitors logged in www.ruralinfobd.com from the CIC to see the availability of the information and it’s usability for information sourcing. The team attended a meeting of e-Krishok campaign where the farmers shared their experiences organized by the CIC.