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Swisscontact to help with waste management in MSMEs

OUR CORRESPONDENT | June 24, 2022 00:00:00

CHATTOGRAM, June 23: Swisscontact Bangladesh has teamed up with Geocycle Bangladesh, the waste management wing of Lafarge Holcim Bangladesh Limited, to implement a green initiative in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of leathergoods sector in Bhairab, Kishoreganj.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday at Hotel Amari in Dhaka between Bhairab Municipality, Bhairab Paduka Karkhana Malik Somobay Somity Limited, Geocycle and Swisscontact. Representatives from the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh and all parties concerned attended the event.

Bhairab Municipality and Bhairab Paduka Karkhana Malik Somobay Somity Ltd also endorsed the agreement.

Under the multi-stakeholder agreement, Swisscontact will deploy innovative solid waste management solutions as initiatives of B-Skill-FUL Phase II and Prabriddhi, two programmes funded by Switzerland.

This initiative addresses environmental pollution, caused by the enormous volume of solid waste generated by Bhairab's leathergoods sector, by establishing a safe and environment-friendly process of waste collection, disposal and recycling.

Consequently, the initiative will create multiple impacts in improving working conditions within MSMEs, reducing environmental hazards and promoting cost-effective and green production processes.

The partnership further strengthens Switzerland's increased focus on climate change and the environment in Bangladesh.

Implemented by Swisscontact, the B-Skill-FUL Programme is a four-year skills and enterprise development programme of Swisscontact that not only aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness among workers by creating better jobs but also promotes more environmentally sustainable practices among participating MSMEs.

On the other hand, Prabriddhi Programme focuses on building the capacity of urban or rural territories to create a competitive advantage for their enterprises through a broad set of activities and improve the economic well-being of its people and workers.

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