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First women�s chamber floated in Bangladesh

Added: (Mon Apr 24 2006)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Some women entrepreneurs floated the first women�s chamber in the port city of Chittagong, the second largest city after the capital Dhaka, aiming at involving more women in trade and business activities through a separate platform, women chamber sources said.
The new trade body for women titled �Chittagong Women Chamber Of Commerce and Industry� drawing over 300 business women emerged with 24 members in its board of directors headed by the president of Chittagong Women Entrepreneurs Association, Monwara Hakim Ali, as its founder president.
But this new women�s chamber is not affiliated or linked up with Bangladesh women�s chamber based in Dhaka, the organisers said. �We have floated this chamber to create a separate platform for business women in Chittagong so that they can have better empowerment and exposure to promote trade and business,� said the founder president Monwara Hakim Ali while talking to New Age.
�Our women involved in business activities always lag behind in terms of promotion and exposure. They mostly fail to be in the mainstream of trade and commerce,� she added. �So we felt the need for a separate chamber for women in Chittagong and accordingly we took steps to float it�.
She hoped that more women would now feel encouraged to join business through this new chamber.
�Earlier, many women used to feel shy to come to business. Now through new chamber we want to give them support to overcome their shyness,� she also said.
When asked she informed that the new women chamber was floated in Chittagong with the permission from the ministry of commerce.
Relying to a question she brushed aside the possibility of any discrimination or clash of interests with Chittagong Chamber Of Commerce And Industry.
Meanwhile, former president of CCCI Farid Ahmed Chowdhury told New Age that there should not be any separate chamber of commerce and industry for women in Chittagong.
�Floating of such a chamber may create discrimination in the trade circle and I don�t find logic for such a platform while CCCI is open to all involved in business activities,� he said.

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