The tenure of Katalyst project, the brand name of Agri-Business for Trade Competitiveness Project, is set to end on March 31 this year after 15 years of initiation.
Katalyst project was implemented in three phases since 2002 by Swisscontact, an international non-government organisation, under commerce ministry with funds from different international development partners.
The ongoing phase is funded by Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK Government and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
The project authority on Wednesday organised a thanks giving event and round table discussion in Dhaka to celebrate its success in three phases.
Commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose, Swiss ambassador to Bangladesh Rene Holenstein, DFID country representative Jane Edmondson, Swisscontact regional director Manish Pandey, Katalyst general manager GB Banjara were present at the programme.
In a press release, Katalyst claimed that the project had benefitted over 4.75 million farmers with total income of $ 729 million in Bangladesh through its engagement in over 30 different agriculture and service sectors such as Fish, vegetables, maize and Information Communication services.
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