March 27, 2019, Dhaka - A high-level Forum was hosted in Dhaka, Bangladesh today to discuss the business opportunity of linking women-owned businesses to local corporate value chains. The Forum is part of a technical advisory project titled “Corporate Connect: Strengthening Market Access for Women-Owned Businesses” and is implemented by the International Finance Corporation Group (IFC) and The Ministry of Commerce in Bangladesh. WEConnect International is the implementing partner of the program.
(New York, NY)—WEConnect International announced today that they will be partnering with UN Women to support the implementation of the flagship program Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs. The flagship aims to create both a demand for goods and services supplied by women-owned businesses by fostering gender-responsive public and private procurement, and a robust supply by addressing the gender gap in access to entrepreneurial skills and finance.
Sanjana Zaman is Managing Partner at Rene Bangladesh, a manufacturer and supplier of designer bags, wallets, stationary and other goods. In 2018, Rene Bangladesh grew its revenues by 45 percent, and expects 50 percent growth in 2019 following the success of some recent product designs. It supplies to Lakeshore Hotel and Apartments, Bishwo Rang, and other large-scale buyers in Bangladesh, and also has an online presence. Businesses like Zaman’s have sophisticated operations, a large workforce, and strong potential for growth.