BEI participates in a seminar on Fostering Entrepreneurship in Geneva


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 7 June, 2006-16 June, 2006

Description :

Mr. Iftekar Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) represented the institute at a ten-day seminar titled Fostering Entrepreneurship organized by the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN) in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 7th – 16th. Mr. Ahmed was part of a group of 35 development leaders from 32 countries covering Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe, from the public and private sectors.

Recognizing the power of micro and small and medium enterprises (M&SME) as catalysts for progress, the seminar explored ways various local actors can help maximize this potential. The seminar also addressed local firm’s core challenges to create and promote a vibrant private sector on issues such as access to credit, strategies to improve M&SME competitiveness, and greater access to international markets.

In the workshops and lectures, Geneva-based international organizations including ILO, ITC, WTO, and UNCTAD shared their tools and knowledge in the field of private sector development and job-creation. The seminar discussed cases that reflected innovative responses and public policy that foster effective and equitable development by financing local development and promoting entrepreneurship.

An interdisciplinary and multinational group of specialists and senior practitioners led the program. Commercial financial actors that channel private international capital to M&SMEs such as BlueOrchard Finance presented their case on the pro-development impact of mainstream finance. Highlights of the seminar included presentations on Social Entrepreneurship by Dr. Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and on Enterprise Development Skills for the Non-profit World by Ms. Eva Varga, Enterprise Development Manager, NESst Venture Fund.

CASIN, established in 1979 as a Swiss non-profit independent foundation, strives to develop new approaches to governance. CASIN organizes professional training programs, issue and policy dialogues, informal negotiation sessions, conflict management related activities, and conducts studies and applied research on similar areas.

For further information, please contact Mr. Iftekar Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow at


Posted Date : 4 March, 2012