The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Grameenphone, jointly launched Graduate Employment in Private Sector Programme under an alliance called "Future Nation" .
The project, launched on Sunday in Dhaka, is expected to create economic opportunities for all by 2041.
The primary objective of Future Nation is to create sustainable economic opportunities for young graduates through decent employment and facilitate a skilled workforce that can cope with the transforming industry trends.
It is also aimed at reducing the unemployment ratio of graduate youth groups through basic training in digital and financial literacy, communication, business appreciation, and much more.
Salman F Rahman, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT, Md Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman, BIDA, Radwan Mujib Siddiq, Strategic Advisor at UNDP, Mohsina Yasmin, Executive Member of International Investment Promotion at BIDA, Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative of UNDP, and Yasir Azman, CEO of Grameenphone, were present at the launch of “FutureNation: Graduate Employment in Private Sector Programme” at a city hotel.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Salman F Rahman said, “After realising a ‘Digital Bangladesh’, the government is now working to establish a ‘Smart Bangladesh’ to be successfully involved in the 4IR, engaging to create youth employment through various ICT initiatives, a pre-condition for sustaining Bangladesh’s prosperity. I wholeheartedly applaud this initiative, ‘FutureNation' by Grameenphone, UNDP and BIDA.”
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak in his speech said Bangladesh is uniquely positioned to potentially benefi¬t from a demographic dividend, but to reap the benefits of a demographic dividend stable employment opportunities and equipping the youth with digital competencies is pivotal.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq, Strategic Advisor at UNDP, in a video message shared his vision about FutureNation. He said, “FutureNation, with its advanced grooming method and more realistic assessment procedure, will help endow the youth with employable skills."
In his opening remarks, UNDP Resident Representative Sudipto Mukerjee said, “Global job market is consistently evolving. We must ensure our youth is prepared for the new reality presented by the fast-paced economic and technological evolutions. The blessings of a demographic dividend do not last forever. The private, public and development sectors have to work hand in hand and accelerate efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”
In a video message, Jørgen C. Arentz Rostrup, EVP, Head of Asia for Telenor, shared, “Creating opportunities for youth is fundamental for any nation and it is crucial for Bangladesh, more so, due to its great national ambitions. This is one of the fastest growing economies."
Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman, said, “At Grameenphone, we always take a youth-first approach through our tech, innovation and social impact projects."