A month-long BSCIC-Oikya Fair-2021 began in Rajshahi on Friday with a call to bolster the economic condition of the region through increased promotion of its industrial sector.
Regional office of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation and the Oikya Foundation are jointly hosting the fair on the BSCIC Industrial Estate in Rajshahi city to mark the Mujib Borsho, the birth centenary of the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A spectrum of locally produced industrial goods, including leather products, jute-made products, processed agricultural products, electrical and electronic goods, clothes, design and fashion wares and other products are being displayed at 70 stalls set up at the fair.
Rajshahi mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the opening ceremony as the chief guest.
BSCIC chairman Mustaque Hassan and Oikya Foundation president Shaheen Akhter Rainy spoke as special guests with deputy commissioner Abdul Jalil in the chair.
Liton said that a holistic approach was needed for promoting the industrial sector, including the small and medium enterprises.
Ensuring a business-friendly atmosphere is very important to encourage local entrepreneurs to revitalise the sector, he said.
Time-fitting measures should be taken to revive the region’s industrial sector, including the cottage industries, as these play a vital role in economic development.
Liton said that handlooms and cottage goods symbolised the true craftsmanship of the Bangladeshi artisans.
Various artisan communities are scattered throughout the country, communities consisting of people who solely depend on their crafts as a primary source of income.
He underscored the need for hosting of more fairs of such types to protect the handicrafts goods from diminishing further.
Liton said that additional investment in this sector was needed to bolster the economic condition of both urban and rural areas and to rid the society from the vicious circle of poverty.
Mustaque Hassan told the meeting that the fair had been organised in order to increase the visibility of handloom and cottage industrial goods through preserving and encouraging the practices of local artisans.
BSCIC regional director Mamunur Rashid, Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Md Muniruzzaman and Bangladesh Silk Industries Owners Association president Liakat Ali also spoke at the event.
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