Swisscontact signs agreement with NGO and private companies to support MSMEs nationwide
The programme has partnered with seven other service providers with the aim to improve the productivity and competitiveness of at least 800 MSMEs alongside improving the skills and employability of 13,000 workers.
Swisscontact partnered with NGO and private companies to support the growth and development of MSMEs in the light engineering, furniture making and leather goods sectors under the B-SkillFUL programme phase II, supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh.
These four organizations are Rezia Management Consulting, Inspira Advisory and Consulting Limited, RISDA Bangladesh, and RoyalCert Bangladesh Limited.
The partnership agreements were signed at the Swisscontact Bangladesh country office on April 26 and under the agreements, Rezia Management Consulting and Inspira Advisory and Consulting Limited will provide business development services to connect 240 MSMEs to markets and financial products, as well as improve their production processes, reads a press release.
RISDA Bangladesh and RoyalCert Bangladesh Limited will provide demand-driven workplace place skills training to 2,220 workers to enhance employability and productivity.
During the signing event, Dajna Sorensen, B-SkillFUL Team Leader, mentioned: “Whereas enterprise development is at the core of this programme, ultimately, we seek to ensure that productivity gains and improvements at enterprise level translate into benefits to workers (through decent wages and improved working conditions)”.
The B-SkillFUL Programme Phase II is a four-year skills and enterprise development programme, that contributes to Switzerland’s overall goal in Bangladesh, which is to bring about a more equitable society that enjoys inclusive and sustainable growth, aligned with the 2030 agenda of the United Nations.
The programme also has partnered with seven other service providers with the aim to improve the productivity and competitiveness of at least 800 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) alongside improving the skills and employability of 13,000 workers.