Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – Speakers on Thursday urged the youths to come forward to be entrepreneurs to help the country achieve its goals.
They made the call at the concluding ceremony of trainers training and giving certificate. It was organised by Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) at a hotel in the capital.
Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Advisor Salman F Rahman told the youths that they were lucky to be born in an independent country.
“I was born in Pakistan period. Then our export was not good. We didn’t think that Bangladesh can reach this position,” he added.
Salman said Bangabandhu told him to export honey from the Sundarbans and later, nontraditional items were also exported.
“Bangabandhu thought about the development of the country,” he said, urging the young generation to take part in development activities.
“Bangladesh developed in various sectors. We’ll develop further. We can do it if we get a favourable environment. We proved it through the garment industry. The government has created an environment for entrepreneurs in the last 10 years,” he said.
Salman recommended new entrepreneurs to learn at least three languages alongside Bangla and English. “The Chinese and Japanese are investing here. So, knowing their languages can help you for the sake of your business,” he said.
He asked the trainers to teach entrepreneurs about the 4th industrial Revolution. “We don’t want you to look for jobs but we’d like you to provide jobs.”
BIDA Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam said young entrepreneurs are needed to build the country’s future. “So we took initiatives to make new entrepreneurs although creating entrepreneurs isn’t easy,” he said.
“We hope that the entrepreneurs of the country will be investors one day,” he added.
Project Director of the ‘Entrepreneurship Creation and Skill Development’ Abul Khair Mohammad Hafizullah Khan said the government will create 24,000 new entrepreneurs in 64 districts in next two years.
“Today, 64 trainers got certificates. BIDA trained them up in one month. New entrepreneurs can learn from them. The activities will start from the next month,” he said.
Md Nojibur Rahman, principal secretary to PM, said an initiative has been taken to create entrepreneurs for the development of the country.
“We’ve to crate human resources for a long-term plan. Today’s new and small entrepreneurs will be big entrepreneurs one day. I hope that those who’re receiving training and will become entrepreneurs will grow up to be like Salman F Rahman. We welcome youth entrepreneurs here,” he added.
Principal Coordinator (SDG) of Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad said, “We hope that you (the youth) will be entrepreneurs instead of looking for jobs.
“You, the trainers, will teach them properly to make them skilled entrepreneurs. Our success will depend on you. Our goals of vision 2021, achievement of SDG by 2030 and development by 2041 have to be achieved in time. Everyone must come forward to take the challenges.”