Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh has to focus on innovation and think differently to overcome the challenges of the fourth Industrial Revolution, speakers told a programme on Thursday.
“We need to think out of the box. We have to look for new innovations,” Md Shahidul Haque, senior secretary of Foreign Ministry, told a discussion, organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and BD4IR in the city.
“We have demographic dividend of young population and they are more capable of adapting technology. They are bright and brilliant,” he said.
Presenting the keynote paper, Syed Tamjid ur Rahman, vice president of Bangladesh Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution (BD4IR), said, “We need to enhance our need-based skills development and overhaul the education system to cope up with this transformation.”
“The 4IR is based on sophisticated technology and artificial intelligence. It will impact businesses, change customers’ expectations and manufacturing pattern. Technology will control everything in future,” he said.
Tamjid said the 4IR would raise the global income, improve quality of life, create new products and services, increase efficiency and productivity, reduce transportation and communication costs, make global supply chain effective, open up new market and drive economic growth.
“We must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view of how technology is affecting our lives and reshaping our economic, social, cultural and human environment,” he said.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said the 4thIR was evolving fast and changing economies, businesses, industries and transforming the entire system of production, management and governance.
“It will not only open up new opportunities but also create some challenges. The world is moving faster, and we need to keep up the pace to be competitive. First of all, we need to create awareness and have the ability of technology adaptability,” he added.
Anir Chowdhury, policy adviser of Access to Information project, said the biggest challenge of 4thIR would be the loss of jobs.
“We need to re-skill about 75 million people within the next 20 years and during this time, 20 million people need to come under new skill development project,” he said.
Gopalganj, Dec 20 (UNB) – At least 11 people were killed and 20 others injured as a bus smashed a human-hauler at Haridaspur in the district town on Thursday evening.
Three of the deceased were identified as the human-hauler driver Rajib Mollah, Saddam Mollah and Morshed Gazi.
Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said the ‘Golden Line’ bus crashed into the human-hauler (locally known as Mahendra) around 5:45pm, leaving the 11 people dead on the spot and 20 others injured.
The death toll may rise further, said the OC.
Police and firefighters with the help of local people are conducting a rescue operation.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi has expressed deep shock at the demise of Begum Mehzabin Chowdhury, wife of former speaker Humayun Rashid Chowdhury, who served as the first head of Bangladesh mission in New Delhi.
In a condolence message on Thursday, High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali recalled the support Begum Mehzabin extended to her husband during his distinguished career especially as the Speaker of the Parliament, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1986.
The High Commissioner prayed for the salvation of her departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members, said a press release.
Dhaka Dec 20 (UNB) – Vietnam on Thursday called for strengthening business ties with Bangladesh and encouraged businesses to invest in the Southeast Asian country.
A Vietnam delegation emphasised increasing bilateral trade by up to two billion dollars during a meeting with Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) members at its office.
FBCCI Senior Vice President Sheikh Fazle Fahim called for a “joint working group” to strengthen business ties.
Vietnam Ambassador Tran Van Khoa encouraged Bangladeshi businesses to invest in his country, saying, “There is a big market.”
Delegation leader Nguyen Phuc Nam, director general of Asia-Africa Market Department of Industry and Trade Ministry, promised more facilities for investors.
The businesses showed interest in Vietnam’s tourism and education sectors.
Bangladesh exported goods worth $55.67 million to Vietnam in 2017-18 fiscal year and imported items costing $687.70 million.
In March, the two countries signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to promote bilateral cooperation in fisheries and livestock, industries, and cultural exchange.
Bangladesh exports agricultural goods, jute and leather products, frozen foods and medicine to Vietnam and imports mineral products, textiles and textile products, machinery and plastic components.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwari on Thursday said the preparations of law enforcement agencies for the 11th parliamentary elections are better than any time in the past.
"If the environment, now prevailing in the country, continues we can present a peaceful election to the nation," he said.
The police chief came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the city's Nirbachan Bhaban.
"We came here today to inform the CEC and the election commissioners about our plan on election. It was part of our regular meeting," he said.
Brushing aside the complaint of Jatiya Oikyafront that police department is not under the EC now, the IGP said the complaint totally untrue. "The whole administration, including the police, is now working under the Election Commission," he said.
Javed Patwari did not respond when asked about the attack on Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain.
Additional IGP Mokhlesur Rahman, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Monirul Islam were also present.