President M Abdul Hamid asked the participants of National Defence Course (NDC) and Armed Forces War Course (AFWC) to serve their respective countries with their acquired knowledge and accelerate the development process.
"With the NDC graduation, I hope, you would make a huge difference in serving your countries . . . and set examples for others," he told the graduates of the NDC and AFW Course-2021 at Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban.
Welcoming the graduates and others concerned from home and abroad at Bangabhaban, the President said 2021 is a landmark year in the history of Bangladesh, as the country is celebrating twin two mega events - - the Golden Jubilee of its Independence and the Birth Centenary of country's Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Abdul Hamid also extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to 27 foreign participants of 13 countries for joining and successfully completing the important course at NDC, the prestigious institution of Armed Forces.
He said the National Defence College has been playing a very significant role in increasing professionalism and skills of the members of the Armed Forces since its inception in 1998 and the NDC has been equally accepted and acclaimed in non-military domain too.
Being trained in this institution, the President said a good number of high officials from civil administration are making remarkable contributions to national and international arena.
He said through the courses, the graduates have learned various aspects of national security, national development, leadership and policy making as they also studied different problems of governance and its solutions as well.
Explaining the standard of NDC, Bangladesh and its increasing recognition, the President reiterated that Bangladesh would relentlessly pursue its vision of establishing and maintaining friendly relations with all countries across the globe as envisioned in the foreign policy of Bangabandhu.
About country's ongoing remarkable socio-economic progress, he said Bangladesh is playing significant role on promoting international peace, combating the global climate change issues, environmental pollution and the convergence of biodiversity.
Recently Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been conferred with the United Nation's "SDG Progress Award" for Bangladesh's steady course of action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, he said, terming it a matter of great pride for all.
The present world is making great leaps in terms of innovation, change and progress, Hamid said, adding, "Now-a-days, the issues of national security encompass economic freedom of people and national development too."
Therefore, the President said, the national security experts must bear adequate knowledge on economic emancipation and national development along with the idea of traditional security of the state.
At the outset of his speech, Abdul Hamid recalled with profound respect the architect of country's independence Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and also paid his deep homage to the martyrs and valiant sons of the soil, who made supreme sacrifices in the war of Liberation.
NDC Commandant Lieutenant General Md Akbar Hossain also spoke on the occasion. The President also joined several photo sessions there.
Secretaries concerned to the President, high-ranking civil and military officials, faculties, staff officers, and course members of NDC and AFWC, among others, were present there.