Planning Minister M A Mannan on Saturday said that Bangladesh is well on track to reach the logical and sequential conclusion of the current spate of transformation for the nation to be at equal terms with the rest of the world.
He came up with the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a daylong conference titled: “Bangladesh in 2041: Notions and Narratives of Diversification and Transformation” organised by the Department of Social Science and Humanities of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in Dhaka.
Johannes Van der Klaauw, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh, Charles Whiteley, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, former governor of Bangladesh Prof Dr Atiur Rahman, and A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman of Board of Trustees of IUB, and IUB VC Tanweer Hasan also spoke at the programme.
The planning minister said: “The year 2041 will be the year when we will have our own strengths recognised and utilised in furthering development. As the number suggests, it seems quite possible and we take pride that this has happened in our time, that is, these last 10-11 years.”
In his keynote presentation styled “Bangladesh’s transformation and challenges, the pathway from national liberation to 2041”, Prof Rehman Sobhan laid emphasis on what he termed as the remarkable liberation of entrepreneurial talents, which he said was unleashed five decades ago by the liberation of Bangladesh.
In addition to the inaugural sessions, the conference comprised 14 thematically organised panel discussions accommodated within four sessions.
Eminent researchers from different corners of the world chaired the discussions. Papers submitted for the conference covered topics such as the Rohingya issue, coping strategy and informal economy, environment and climate change, digital responsibility among youth, public health, governance and inclusive development, foreign policy and politics, marginalisation and resistance, the 4th industrial revolution, education in the new frontier and emerging cultural discourses in Bangladesh.