POPI has honored as the best Citi Micro-entrepreneurship award in this year for outstanding contribution to the economy. Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup on 15 April 2017 awarded the twelve (12) micro- entrepreneurs in four categories and two (2) micro-finance institutions in two categories at the 12th edition of the show, at the Westin Dhaka hotel. Peoples Oriented Programme Implementation (POPI) became the best micro-finance institution. AHM Mustafa Kamal, planning minister, and MA Mannan, state minister for finance, SK Sur Chowdhury deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, attend at the award giving ceremony. James Morrow, sub-cluster head of citi Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Rashed Maqsood, country officer of citi Bangladesh; Zahida Fizza Kabir, executive director of Sajida Foundation, and Abdul Awal executive director of CDF, were also present at the programme. Wahiduddin Mahmud chairperson of the awards advisory council said “we have selected the winners for their innovative products and branding activities that are really adding value to the country’s growth.” Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal and also Chief Guest of the programme urged the central bank, SME Foundation and non-governmental organizations to work together to promote the sector. He also emphasized developing an independent research wing for the SMEs.