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As part of Citi’s ongoing commitment to the field of microfinance, Citi Bangladesh, with the support of the Citi Foundation, launched the 14th Citi Microentrepre-neurship Awards (CMA) programme.
High-level advisory and screening committee chaired by Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, former governor, Bangladesh Bank attended the launching ceremony.
This year, the CMA programme is being jointly organised by Shakti Foundation and Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh along with the strategic partnership of Credit and Development Forum (CDF), said a press release.
Md. Abdul Awal, executive director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF), Rokia A. Rahman, managing director, Arlinks Ltd and former adviser to a caretaker government, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, former governor, Bangladesh Bank, N. Rajashekaran, managing director and Citi Country Officer, Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh, Dr. Humaira Islam, founder executive director, Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women, Md. Sirajul Hoque, director, Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), Shahida Pervin, deputy director, Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women, Nowrin Islam, public affairs officer, Corporate Affairs, Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh, Dewan A. H. Alamgir, management consultant, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, director (Education), Institute of Microfinance (InM), Shahkamal Hossain, assistant vice president, Financial Institutions, Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh were present.
This year, the CMA programme is being jointly organised by Shakti Foundation and Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh along with the strategic partnership of Credit and Development Forum (CDF).
Since 2005, CMA seeks to highlight the achievements of the most innovative micro-entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. The goal is to raise awareness of microfinance, particularly among microentrepreneurs who could benefit from it; to recognise and celebrate the contributions that microentrepreneurs bring to the world economy; and to highlight best practices in microentrepreneurship.
These awards given for more than a decade have created great enthusiasm in the communities all over Bangladesh among microentrepreneurs and those aspiring to be entrepreneurs.
The awards are also a testament that the country’s micro finance sector has flourished enabling micro credit borrowers through sustainable businesses to become micro entrepreneurs creating in their communities.

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