The day-long event comprised of knowledge dissemination sessions, exhibition portraying different phase activities, followed by a roundtable discussion in partnership with The Daily Star.
The event was chaired by Mr. Shubhashish Bose, Secretary, Minister of Commerce. Representatives from various donor agencies, governemnt, private sector companies, academic insitituions, international NGOs and media were present in the event as guests.
Chief guest Mr. Shubhashish Bose, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce (MoC), Bangladesh, acknowledged Katalyst as an important project of Ministry of Commerce and thanked the development partners, Swisscontact and project staff for successfully completing the project. Special Guests H. E. René Holenstein, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, for Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) said Katalyst’s initiative of knowledge sharing was timely as its experience would help Bangladesh to systematically development market systems. Ms. Jane Edmondson, Country Representative for International Development (DFID) mentioned that Katalyst has laid a solid foundation for any Market System Development project working in agriculture sector. Swiss Ambassador and DFID head also thanked the Government of Bangladesh for providing required support to the project.
Mr. Manish Pandey, Regional Director, Swisscontact, South Asia Regional Office thanked the Government of Bangladesh and project’s donors for their support and guidance to the project. He also thanked project’s stakeholders including facilitating and implementing partners and project’s staff for their contribution in successfully implementing the project.
During the event, three thematic presentations were made by experts namely in following topic:
“Katalyst’s Experience of engaging with Small and Medium Sized Private Sector Service Providers in Bangladesh”
“Katalyst of experiences In market system development: A framework for engaging with the public sector institutions” and
“Leaving a legacy: How Katalyst has captured its learning and anchored its experiences in Bangladesh”