I am Shamim Ahamed, serve as Deputy Programme Director for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Bangladesh. As part of the Programme Directorate, I am responsible to provide technical supports to the projects under the Rural Economy domain which covered market system development and rural advisory service. Through my functions with the projects, I gained knowledge and experience on Rural Advisory Services in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, RAS played important role in rural economy through economic empowerment of rural poor households. My main interests is to know the following from other country experiences: best practices in RAS, public and private sector contribution in promotion of RAS, and challenges in RAS. Through this workshop, I would also like to establish networking with related organisations and with individuals of other countries to exchange learning and innovations in rural advisory services.