Commerce minister Tipu Munshi on Tuesday said that there is no alternative to obtaining technical skills in the context of a competitive world trade.
“Present competitive global trade has become digital. Everything has been automated. Now there is no alternative to gathering skills,” Tipu Munshi said while virtually addressing Commonwealth of Learning Asian Convocation 2021 on Tuesday.E-commerce, data analysis, e-farming, e-agriculture is getting popular worldwide now, which requires technical skills, he pointed out.
He also called for creating job opportunity for the skilled graduates of Commonwealth Digital learning scheme.
“We’ve to utilise the manpower that have been made skilled through training. With this, the commonwealth countries will benefit,” Tipu Munshi said.
The online training facility has created huge scope for 54 commonwealth countries in creating skilled manpower, the commerce minister noted.
It has given scope for students of commonwealth countries to take part in education facilities of world renowned universities and training institutions.
“This opportunity should be utilised properly,” he said, adding that it should utilized through obtaining skill in digital technology and inter-partnership.Job opportunities should be created
for jobless people of commonwealth nations through continuing online training on Commonwealth digital learning platform during corona time and beyond, he stressed.
A proposal with regard to this
should be placed at the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the commonwealth countries, he proposed.
Higher Education Minister of the Maldives Dr Ibrahim Hassan and Sri Lanka’s Education Minister Prof G.L. Peiris also spoke on the occasion.
The commerce minister reiterated that Bangladesh has been making quick progress with the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the country’s development is now visible. He metioned that Bangladesh has recently been recommended by the UN for LDC graduation and it is successfully facing the challenges stemming from Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister called for fighting crisis collectively by increased economic cooperation among commonwealth countries to create employment opportunities. Commonwealth of Learning President and CEO Prof Asha S Kanwar, Special Adviser to the programme Dr Navid Malik also addressed the convocation and skill adviser of the scheme Dr Bashir Hamad also spoke on the occasion.