Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to the prime minister, yesterday urged the youth of Bangladesh to prepare themselves to face the challenges to be brought about by the fourth industrial revolution.
“The challenges poised to be created due to the 4th industrial revolution will be extremely tough.”
He was speaking as the chief guest at the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Bangladesh Leadership Conclave 2019 at the Hotel Le Méridien in Dhaka, said a press release. Young professionals, entrepreneurs, business leaders and students attended the event.
Rahman urged the youth to study the history of Bangladesh and the spirit of the Liberation War, terming it as the true secret of the country's development in the last 10 years.
“Bangladesh did not develop automatically. As the privileged ones, you have a responsibility to think and study about it because with privilege comes responsibility.”
“It is absolutely true that we have come so far because of the leadership, wisdom and vision of the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. For a nation to progress, the first and foremost thing that is required is believing in itself. She brought into us a belief in Bangladesh and feeling for Bangladesh as well.”
Rahman says the most significant thing the prime minister did was re-establish the true spirit of independence in the nation's psyche. “That is why today Bangladesh is where it is.”
He says Bangladesh is among a very few countries in the world that won independence after an armed struggle. “It is no small matter.”
The adviser says the biggest damage to the nation was done by those who were in power after the 1975 until 1996.
“They began to propagate and led many to believe that Bangladesh was created by accident, not by design.”
The event was also attended by Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for information and communication technology, and Sheikh Fazle Fahim, senior vice president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Irfan Islam, national president of the JCI Bangladesh, Arman A Khan, national vice president, and Amzad Hussain, executive vice-president of JCI, also spoke at the event.