UNDP Bangladesh launches online marketplace ‘Anondomela’ to support SMEs

UNDP Bangladesh has launches a new online marketplace named ‘Anondomela’ to help SMEs stay afloat. Anondomela aims to create a direct link between buyers and sellers online and can also become a platform for Eid shopping to minimizing the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

In such a way, Anondomela will help many SME’s who have invested during the year to not lose out completely amid the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, launched the event virtually.

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“Our initiative aims to ease the pressure that the Covid-19 crisis has put on these very small and largely informal entrepreneurs, at a time when most feel naturally inclined to demonstrate more social solidarity and care during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Sudipto Mukerjee from UNDP Bangladesh.

according to government data, Bangladesh has almost seven million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which include around 25 million people in the industries. The Covid-19 crisis has put most utmost of them at the risk of shutdown or in huge loss.

UNDP is originating Anondomela as a free-of-cost alternative online marketplace. Already, 1045 of SMEs have joined the platform and hosted their products on the site, which allows buyers from the comfort of their homes to order products directly from the SMEs.

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