Activities
Competency Assessment:
A competency assessment survey on light engineering sector was completed by the LEPBPC with the cooperation of Institute of Appropriate Technology, BUET. The objective of the study was to make a competency assessment of various sub sector of light engineering sector and to identify the potential categories of industries and products that could be promoted for export. The report has suggested various matters to be considered for improvement of the light engineering sector of the country. The report would help in devising plans for implementing various programs to be considered for the improvement of the light engineering sector of the country. Major recommendations of the competency assessment report are:
  • Light engineering sector is one of the important sectors for the economy of Bangladesh;
  • A definite policy for light engineering sector should be prepared;
  • Data Bank for the light engineering sector may be created;
  • Light engineering industries required exposure to modern machines and technology;
  • Entrepreneurial culture should be established so that there capability can be upgraded from the average level to excellent level;
  • There should be arrangement for periodic/permanent exhibition of locally produced engineering produced in the country;
  • Professional training courses should be organized for capacity building of the light engineering sector;
  • Technological status of product/production technology should be upgraded from conventional to modern level as per market demand; and
  • Awareness campaign on standardization and quality of the products should be made.
Capacity Building Training Workshop:
LEPBPC has organized several training workshop in association with IAT, BUET, BITAC and other member/associations all over in Bangladesh. Objectives of the training workshops were to develop managerial, technical and operational capacity of human resource working in the industry. The training workshop are to develop awareness for integration of modern tools, instruments & machinery and technologies, to improve product quality of the light engineering industries, and to enhance capability of the LEIs with respect to material processing by introducing appropriate technology. The capacity building issue of the light engineering industries has been addressed by the LEPBPC through organizing training workshop. There are different modules organized under the training workshops were covered in the program on need based for the sector.

The module related training workshops are: capacity building of light engineering industries, productivity management in light engineering industries, Productivity Management and Quality Control in Engineering Industries, Productivity Management and Quality Control of Electrical Products, Marketing Management of Light Engineering Products in local and International Markets, Heat Treatment and quality assurance system, Advance Technology Management & CNC System, Light Engineering Product Diversification, Foundry Development & Management, Effective Value Chain Management in LE Firms, Improve Efficiency in SME Marketing, Welding for light engineering workshop, Technology Up-gradation in Light Engineering Sector with Special Emphasis to CNC Machines, Standards and Compliances of LEs, Banking Procedure for Small Business Finance, Rules & Procedures of Tax, VAT, Turnover, Income Tax and H. S. Code, Effective value chain management in LE firms in local and International Market, Rules & Procedures of VAT, Turnover Tax, Tax benefits for cottage industries Income Tax & H.S. Code for Electrical sector, Rules & Procedures to Registration, Trade Mark, Design & Patent related to Electrical sector, Strategic management of technology in light engineering sector with special emphasis to advance machinery, and CNC system, and Small competitive business plan with modern technologies in LEs were implemented.

A total number technologists, entrepreneurs, owners, foremen, and managers from several engineering industries or other small industries of different districts of the country participated in the workshop.
Seminar:
LEPBPC, EPB and member/associations have jointly organized seminar program of Light Engineering Products from FY 2005 to 2012. Participant from member/associations and financial institutions were attended and discussed various issues of international trade of light engineering products. Participants from industry, associations, FBCCI, DCCI, bank/financial institutions, media were attended in the seminar. Various aspects of international trade of light engineering products were discussed in the seminar. Two major issues: (a) technological capacity and productivity; and (b) products quality and standards were identified as constraints of the industry. Industry association highlighted that access to finance and non availability of quality raw materials among others were the major constraints of the industry. The entrepreneurs sought government policy support to resolve the problems.

The following issues were highlighted and discussed on the need basis of light engineering sector in the seminars:
  • International trade of light engineering products;
  • Problems and prospects of export of light engineering products;
  • Access to Finance - Roadmap for the light engineering sector;
  • Increase Productivity & Revenue by Simplifying VAT Rules; and
  • Electrical Industry, Its problem, solution and prospect.
Publication:
Light Engineering Product Business Promotion Council (LEPBPC) has published "Sales Kit" as a promotional tool of light engineering product and industries. The sales kit is useful for the entrepreneurs and investors to have basic information about the sector.
Awareness Program:
LEPBPC has organized awareness program in association with Bangladesh Engineering Industry Owner's association with the objective to develop awareness among the stakeholders. The programs included Inaugural ceremony, Seminar on prospects and potency of light engineering sector, display of light engineering products and meet the press. Total numbers of engineering industries showcase their products and industries. The viewers in the display stall showed their keen interest about locally manufactured light engineering products. In the seminar there are lot of participants attended and shared their views and experience regarding the problems and challenges of light engineering sector.
Fair Participation National:
LEPBPC has organized international products fair in support and cooperation from LEPBPC in association. The programs included inaugural ceremony, seminar on prospects and potency of light engineering sector, display of light engineering products and meet the press. Objective of the program was to show case the engineering products for the buyer and to create awareness about quality goods produced by the local manufactures through press and electronics media. Major products category were light fittings, cables, electrical accessories, generator, fan wires and spare parts of Machinery.

Besides display of products and capacity of local industries, a technical seminar was organized on prospects and potentials of electrical and engineering products of Bangladesh. A buyer-seller meet was also organized to appraise the potentials and existing customers about quality and diversification of the products. The manufacturers claimed that they were able to manufacture international standard and quality products with competitive price.
Overseas Technology Mission:
LEPBPC has organized trade and technology mission in support and cooperation from the member/associations. The objective of the mission was to explore the possibility and modality of transferring appropriate technology for light engineering sector of Bangladesh. The ultimate aim was to upgrade technological capabilities of our local industries through technology transfer, adaptation and dissemination. The mission also intended to develop business relationship with the counterpart of countries light engineering industry entrepreneurs.

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