Welcome to Bangladesh INSPIRED website

INSPIRED is the acronym for Integrated Support to Poverty and Inequality Reduction through Enterprise Development, the name of a programme funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the European Union. Its objective is to develop SMEs in Bangladesh – SMEs are Small And Medium Sized Enterprises – the driving force behind modern economies.

It is managed by the SME Cell of the Ministry of Industries. The SME Foundation, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Bank Training Academy (BBTA) and Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) are other main beneficiaries.

The Programme aims are to:

1. Deliver a multi-sectoral and inter-ministerial national strategy and   action plan for SME development which addresses all aspects of SME support including improving the business environment in line with accepted international best practice.

2. Develop a strengthened national capacity to plan and implement SME development.

3. Establish effective SME networking mechanisms aimed at sharing best practice.

4. Provide a SME Competitiveness Grant Scheme of €6.5m to Business Intermediary Organisations such as Chambers Of Commerce and Industry or cluster associations to work with groups of SMEs to improve their competitiveness in the following sectors: agro-processing, natural fibres, leather, plastics, light engineering, electronics, furniture and textiles.

5. Support clusters by using value chain development initiatives that seek to increase SME competitiveness in agreed sectors and provide capacity building to business intermediary organisations (BIOs) in lobbying, advocacy, networking, public-private sector dialogue and the provision of business development services (BDS) to their members. and

6. Support Bangladesh Bank training institutions for the benefit of the entire banking industry by providing training courses for bank staff on providing appropriate banking services to SMEs.

OUR ACTIVITIES

Successful Implementation of the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Programme on “Compliance and Quality...

Compliance is word that has become very prominent due in part to pressure that is being put on manufacturers in Bangladesh by overseas buyers. Compliance...

Successful Implementation of “Entrepreneurship Development and Business Management” (EDBM) in partnership...

Bangladesh INSPIRED built on the success of the earlier training during 2016 and once again partnered with ILO, Country office, Dhaka to organise a...

Workshop for Journalists on SME Development and Sustainability

A workshop was held on 12th November, 2016 at the premises of the Daily Star, where members of the Press, electronic, and online media were invited...

Successful Completion of the Training Programme on “Policy Formulation”

In total 20 participants from the SME Foundation and Ministry of Industries took part in 3-day training programme on “Policy Formulation for SMEs” which...

Successful Completion of the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Programme on “Building, Presenting and...

After the successful completion of first phase of the training course on “Building, Presenting and Executing a Business plan” held from 18th to 21st September 2016,...

Seminar- SME Cluster Development and Financing – Promoting Local Economies for...

There is a body of research has shown that clusters are a widespread phenomenon in developing economies and can display levels of dynamism and...

Two-Day intensive training on “Understanding Regulatory Regimes for SMEs” for District...

Based upon the request from President of BWCCI, Ms. Selima Ahmad, a two-day intensive training was organised on “Understanding of Regulatory Regimes for SMEs”,...

Successful Completion of the Training Programme on “Strategic Planning”

Training programme on “Strategic Planning” which was conducted by Ali Sabet, Team Leader, at Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM) in Cox’s Bazar,...

National SME Survey

National SME Survey Report now available!

Working with the SME Cell of the Ministry of Industries and the SME Foundation, the INSPIRED Bangladesh team is currently in the process of formulating and reviewing the National SME Development Strategy of Bangladesh. To feed into the strategy formulation process and to create a knowledge base on SME development, a series of studies were carried out in 2013 and early 2014, including a nationwide survey of 1200 SMEs. Click below to download the National SME Survey Report & Data Set from INSPIRED Bangladesh!

DOWNLOAD SURVEY REPORT (Click here to view or right click and select ‘Save link as’ to download PDF)

Check out the publications Tab in the top menu for other studies and reports.