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6 entrepreneurs get ‘IDLC-Prothom Alo SME Award 2022’

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Published: 19:26, 6 December 2022  
6 entrepreneurs get ‘IDLC-Prothom Alo SME Award 2022’

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Six entrepreneurs have received the “IDLC Prothom Alo SME Award 2022” for reaching unique heights through their tireless work and dedication.

The awards were handed to the entrepreneurs at a gala event held at a Dhaka hotel on December 5, said a press release.

Commerce Mister Tipu Munshi was present as the chief guest at the event. Distinguished journalists of the country, MD & CEO of IDLC Finance Limited M Jamal Uddin, Editor of Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman and other senior officials of both organisations were also present at the event.

The jury panel for the programme consisted of Dr Nazneen Ahmed, country economist at UNDP; Md Jaker Hossain, SME & special program specialist of Bangladesh Bank; Farzana Khan, deputy general manager of the SME Foundation; Khondkar Siddique-e-Rabbani, founder of Bi-BEAT Limited & the winner of IDLC Prothom Alo SME Award 2021; Mirza Nurul Goni Shovon, CIP & president of National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh; and Md Gazi Tauhidur Rahman, managing director of FM Plastic Ltd.

Out of 2,229 nominations received, the esteemed jury panel declared the 6 best entrepreneurs of the year in the following categories: Agricultural, Education, Health, Information Technology, Production, and Best Women Entrepreneur of the year.

The winners are Md Emrul Hasan of Organic Chicken in Agriculture category, Ayman Sadiq of Ten Minute School in Education, Beauty Begum of Easy Life for Bangladesh in Health, Subir Nokrek from Nokrek IT Institute in IT, Al-Mamun & Nasimul Haq from Masters Racks & Furniture in Production, and Maksuda Khatun from Shabab Leather in Best Women Entrepreneur.

SME entrepreneurs play a vital role in the economic growth of developed countries. The SME sector of these countries on average contributes 60 percent to the national GDP, whereas the SME sector of Bangladesh only contributes about 23-27 percent to the national GDP.

Speakers at the event further said that the development of this sector on one hand would play a critical role in creating adequate employment, while also helping in the improvement of the quality of life for the people.