Bangladesh: Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development Program

Evaluation Document | 4 November 2013

Validates the completion report's assessment of the project which aims to enhance the growth of commercially viable small and medium enterprises in Bangladesh and increase employment in the sector. IED overall assessment: Successful

The promotion and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was to allow the sector to play a key role in raising Bangladesh's pro-poor economic growth. However, the lack of medium to long-term credit and limited access to market opportunities, technology, expertise, and information relative to larger enterprises were considered constraints to the realization of SMEs full potential. Other constraints were lack of suitable incentives, inefficient and limited outreach of government services, and weak capacity among SME entrepreneurs in managing functional areas of business. Given these, the government focused its efforts to address these constraints. To support the government's initiative, ADB approved on 20 December 2004 the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development Program in order to provide support to SMEs and facilitate their growth and development.

This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful


  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other Considerations and Follow-up