High Level Policy Dialogue event on “Self-Employment & Entrepreneurship Development”

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Officials and experts from the various Ministries, representatives of the development partners, private sector and NGOs participated at a Policy Dialogue session on “Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship” on the on 15th May 2016 at Karabi Hall of Prime Minister’s Office. The event was jointly organized by the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office, INSPIRED Programme andPMO office 1 Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) project of ILO funded by the Canadian Goverment.

The primary objective of the dialogue session was to discuss the possibility of the creation of a single entity encompassing all entrepreneurship development organisations in Bangladesh in order to address future interventions and to work towards the creation of opportunities for millions of youths in Bangladesh, particularly females and the under privileged who are unable or deprived of finding wage employment. In Bangladesh, millions of the young generation are suffering from unemployment but only a fraction of them are able to find formal employment (or waged employment) due to shortage of available jobs or often because they lack the required qualifications.

Self-employment and entrepreneurship development provide an alternative means of job creation and livelihoods improvement for these deprived youth. PMO 2

This policy dialogue discussed ongoing successful initiatives on entrepreneurship development and the ways and means of engaging more and more young people. Discussions included the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) model that has been developed by ILO and is being successfully implemented in more than one hundred countries. It also elaborated on who is playing responsible roles on entrepreneurship development in Bangladesh, global and regional best practice models on entrepreneurship development, developing a strategic plan for entrepreneurship development and promotion in Bangladesh in line with global best practices working towards developing a National Entrepreneurship Strategy endorsed by the National Skills Development Council (NSDC), Chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

The event was chaired by Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s office and Project Director of a2i Programme. Deputy Country Director of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Mr. Gagan Raj Bhandari, Vice Chairperson of Suchona Foundation Professor Pran Gopal Datta and the Team Leader of INSPIRED Project  Mr. Ali Sabet were present as Guest speakers.