Curtains Drop on PKSF Development Fair 2019
Unprecedented response from buyers boost morale of micro-entrepreneurs
Amid festivity and enthusiasm, curtains dropped on this year’s weeklong PKSF Development Fair at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) on 20 November 2019.
Planning Minister Mr MA Mannan MP was the Chief Guest of the Closing Ceremony, presided over by PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad. Mr Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister for ICT Division, and Ms Habibun Nahar, MP, Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change were present as Special Guests. PKSF Managing Director Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah delivered the welcome remarks and Deputy Managing Director Dr Md Jashim Uddin gave the vote of thanks.
At the closing ceremony, three POs of PKSF were given special recognitions in the ‘Best Stall’ category: Gram Bikash Kendra (first position), Grameen Jono Unnoyon Sangstha (first runner-up) and Unnayan Prochesta (second runner-up). Mozzarella cheese manufactured with support of Eco-Social Development Organisation, vertical crab culture model demonstrated by Paribar Unnayan Sangstha, and environment-friendly and sustainable building materials showcased by Dwip Unnayan Sangstha were recognised as ‘Most Promising Products’ displayed at the Fair.
An exclusive part of the closing ceremony was the launching of a book titled Perspectives on People-Centred Development: With Particular Reference to Bangladesh authored by Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.
Earlier on 14 November 2019, Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the grand PKSF Development Fair 2019 at BICC.Finance Minister Mr AHM Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP was present at the inaugural ceremony as the Special guest. PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad presided over the event while PKSF Managing Director Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah gave the welcome speech. At the opening ceremony, former Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury was honoured with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her unparalleled contribution to the welfare of farmers, poverty reduction, agricultural development and establishment of human dignity. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over a crest, a letter of appreciation and a cheque to Begum Matia Chowdhury.
A total of 125 organizations including PKSF’s Partner Organizations (POs), government and non-government organizations, research and IT institutions and service providers showcased different kinds of products in 190 stalls. In the fair, there was a huge demand of the wide range of products manufactured or processed by the grassroots participants of different PKSF programmes implemented in the field-level by its POs. The fair witnessed sales amounting to BDT 4.15 crore. On an average, 45,000 visitors flocked to the fair every day.
The vibrancy of the fair was compounded by the organization of five seminars held alongside the fair at BICC. PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad presided over the first four seminars while PKSF Managing Director Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah chaired the last one. Cabinet members, distinguished personalities as well as government high-ups participated in these seminars on issues related to various development aspects of Bangladesh.
The first seminar titled ‘Promoting Microenterprise in Bangladesh: Current Status and Future Prospects’ was organized on 13 November. State Minister for Information Dr Md Murad Hasan, MP was the Chief Guest of the event and Bangladesh Bank Governor Mr Fazle Kabir was the Special Guest.
On 14 November, the second seminar titled ‘Establishing Human Dignity through ENRICH Programme of PKSF’ took place with Former Finance Minister Mr Abul Maal Abdul Muhith as the Chief Guest and Mr Md Muslim Chowdhury, Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh, as the Special Guest.
The third seminar styled ‘Implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh: Current Status and Future Prospects’ was organized on 15 November. Foreign Affairs Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, MP was the Chief Guest and Ms Sultana Afroz, Additional Secretary of the Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, was the Guest of Honour.
On 16 November, the fourth seminar titled ‘Employment Generation in Rural Bangladesh in the Context of Technological Advancement’ had Dr Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, as the Chief Guest. Mr Md Ashadul Islam, Senior Secretary of the Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance, was the Special Guest.
The last seminar, held on 17 November, was on ‘Livelihood Enhancement through Modern Agricultural Practices: PKSF’s Experiences’. Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque, MP was the Chief Guest and Mr Md Nasiruzzaman, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, was the Special Guest.
To add to the festivities and colours of the mega event, PKSF organised fascinating cultural programmes every evening, from 14-18 November, at BICC. Cultural groups of different POs of PKSF and renowned artistes of the country performed in these cultural evenings.