Leaving no micro-merchants behind

in the digital era in Bangladesh

23 March 2021 — The Westin Dhaka

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The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) cordially invites you to the Conference on ‘Leaving No Micro-merchants Behind in the digital era in Bangladesh’ at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the Westin Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Micro merchants are the last mile transaction points for the population, and having one of the least entry barrier in setting up for income generation. UNCDF with support of the European Union and in partnership with Dnet, BDMS, and FBCCI has been implementing the Merchants Development Driving Rural Markets (MDDRM) project since 2017 in Bangladesh.

This conference will showcase lessons and market insights from MDDRM’s work, and through panel sessions engage policymakers regulators, market participants and innovators in this space; and promote international best practices and case studies on micro-merchant use cases. The conference is a one day event, featuring panel discussions, investment pitches and keynotes.

  • Panel discussions around innovations

  • Market and user insights from implementers and micro-merchants

  • Drawing the bigger picture and making the macro-sectoral connections

  • Share findings and key take aways

  • Online Access

  • +20

  • Global Event

  • 400
    Expected participants


One full-day to showcase lessons and market insights from UNCDF’s business innovation pilots.
Engage policymakers and regulators in dialogue with market participants and innovators in the space.
Promote best practices and case studies on micro-merchant use cases from similar settings in other jurisdictions.

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23 March 2021
09.00 am – 10.00 am Registration
10.00 am – 10.30 am Inaugural Session
10.30 am – 12.00 pm MDDRM Micro-merchant initiatives and learnings
12.00 pm – 12.45 pm Panel Discussion 1: Digital Innovations for Micro-enterprises: financial and non-financial services
12.45 pm – 01.45 pm Lunch
13:45 pm - 14:30 pm Panel Discussion 2: Agility and Resilience of Small businesses amidst and after the Pandemic
14:30 pm - 15:15 pm Panel Discussion 3: Women participation in Retail Business in Bangladesh
15:15 pm - 15:45 pm Tea Break
15:45 pm - 16:30 pm Panel Discussion 4: Policy actions to facilitate cross-industry collaboration for the last mile retail
16:30 pm - 17:00 pm Closing Remarks

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