Planning Minister of Bangladesh MA Mannan emphasised the need to develop skilled human resources to face challenges of the country’s graduation from the LDC status.
“Around 40 percent of population is illiterate in the country. We should focus on increasing the literacy rate as well as ensuring the quality education,” he said.
Social organisation Debate for Democracy (DFD) organised the competition titled “Government’s preparation towards LDC Graduation” at the FDC auditorium in Dhaka.
United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution on graduation of Bangladesh from the least developed country category in November 2021.
Considering the importance of holding acceptable elections, MA Mannan said the parliamentary polls are the big test of the democracy. “Any kind of election should be participatory. There is no contradiction with the polls. Anyone can participate in the polls or abstain from polls. None can interfere,” he said.
DFD chairman Hassan Ahamed Chowdhury Kiron presided over the session.
In his speech, acclaimed debater Kiron said. “The LDC graduation is a matter of pride for the countrymen. However, the corruption remains a challenge in the process.”
Kiron said the graduation upholds the image of Bangladesh in the world.
The growth of gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase by 3 percent when the Padma Bridge will be in full operation, he said.
Stamford University won the debate competition against Daffodil International University.