Bangladesh on track to complete current spate of transformation in 2041: Planning Minister
Bangladesh is well on track to reach the logical and sequential conclusion of the current spate of transformation for the nation to be at equal terms with the rest of the world, Minister for Planning M. A. Mannan, MP, has said.
The planning minister made the remark while speaking as the chief guest at a day-long conference organized by the Department of Social Science and Humanities of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in Dhaka on Saturday, 13 November 2021. The international conference was titled: “Bangladesh in 2041: Notions and Narratives of Diversification and Transformation.”
Renowned economist and policy expert Dr. Rehman Sobhan, chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), delivered the keynote speech. Johannes Van der Klaauw, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh, His Excellency Mr. Charles Whiteley, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, former governor of Bangladesh Prof. Atiur Rahman, and A. Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB, also spoke at the program.
The planning minister also said: “The year 2041 will be the year when we will have our own strengths recognized and utilized in furthering development. As the numbers suggest, it seems quite possible and we take pride that this has happened in our time, that is, these last 10-11 years.”
In his keynote presentation styled “Bangladesh’s transformation and challenges, the pathway from national liberation to 2041”, Prof Rehman Sobhan laid emphasis on what he termed as the remarkable liberation of entrepreneurial talents, which he said was unleashed five decades ago by the liberation of Bangladesh.
IUB BoT Chair A. Matin Chowdhury said: “We spoke about what we went through in the last 50 years and how we get to the next stage. The direction has to come from our teachers and our students. As a country, we already have the momentum going. It’s important that we don’t let this momentum go.”
IUB VC Tanweer Hasan, PhD, said: “Bangladesh is a nation built on the resilience and tenacity of its people. It is no stranger to challenges. As we strive to develop our country, urgent action is required to invest in developing human resources. I call upon all educational institutions in the country to revamp their curriculum so the graduates can become tech savvy and can keep up with the ever-changing global market.”
The closing session of IUB’s 3rd international humanities conference was held in the afternoon of the same day. Md. Hafizur Rahman, additional secretary and director general of the WTO Cell under the Ministry of Commerce attended the session as the chief guest. Dr. Fahmida Khatun, executive director of CPD, and Dr. Ananya Raihan, chairman of iSocial, also spoke at the program.
In addition to the Inaugural and closing sessions, the conference comprised 14 thematically organized panel discussions accommodated within four sessions. Eminent researchers from different corners of the world chaired the discussions. Papers submitted for the conference covered topics such as the Rohingya issue, coping strategy and informal economy, environment and climate change, digital responsibility among youth, public health, governance and inclusive development, foreign policy and politics, marginalization and resistance, the 4th industrial revolution, education in the new frontier and emerging cultural discourses in Bangladesh. IUB’s last two international conferences were held in 2014 and 2019.