Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Prof Dr Atiur Rahman speaking at Green University of Bangladesh as chief guest in the city yesterday. -AA
"Bangladesh itself is the symbol of youth. The youths have led this country during the political struggles prior liberation, during the Liberation War and the amazing development journey of the country since independence. The aspiring youths will decide the future of Bangladesh," said eminent economist and former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Prof Dr Atiur Rahman.
He made these remarks yesterday at Green University of Bangladesh while speaking as the Chief Guest in a convention for young people. Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Golam Samdani Fakir also spoke at the event.
Dr Atiur said that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was youthful in his thoughts and approach. Hence after taking up the responsibility of leading the newly liberated country he focused on preparing the youths so that they could contribute towards development of the country.
He took multi-dimensional youth-friendly initiatives. In continuation of Bangabandhu's thoughts and ideals the current government has taken youth-friendly policies and strategies over the last decade and it has prioritized implementation of those policies. The government has especially focused on technical and vocational education.
Dr Atiur also added that the youths have benefited most from the government's drive to build a digital Bangladesh. Rapid expansion of ICT-based innovative enterprises proves this. Due to the countrywide digitization, the young people on the one hand, have got the chance to become entrepreneurs and on the other hand, they have created employment opportunities for others.
Induced by their sense of social responsibility the youths of the country are getting engaged in different humanitarian initiatives as well. For example, young people have arranged one taka feeding program for street children and are also operating numerous schools for these children.
Dr. Atiur said that the young voters will be playing a crucial role in the coming national election. He said that political parties have to come up with youth-friendly policy proposals to win these young voters. They must guarantee employment and scope to grow as entrepreneurs.
He opined that the youths of the country are really patriotic and hence upholding the spirit of Liberation War and maintaining the flow of inclusive development will be prioritized by them.
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