“We are focusing on the future. We are focusing on the young generation. Because future (of the country) will be determined by the youths. They will take Bangladesh forward,” he says.
The prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser was speaking as the chief guest at ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award’ ceremony held at Dhaka’s Krishibid Institution auditoriumon Saturday.
At the programme he handed over awards to 30 youths from across the country for their contribution towards social work, research and development, business entrepreneurship and culture.
Joy said, “We (Awami League) are working for the development of the country. But lot needs to be done. Let’s work together for the progress of Bangladesh and its people.”
At one point, Joy, in jest, said, “Our young minister Palak says after 35 we are no longer youths. In that way he has made me an old man.”
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was also present at the ceremony organised by the Centre for Research and Initiation (CRI).
CRI has set up a platform named ‘Young Bangla’ to provide assistance to youths to become entrepreneurs. ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award’ is one of the initiatives of the platform.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy is the chairman of the CRI.
CRI Trustee Board’s member State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid and Young Bangla Convenor MP Nahim Razzak also spoke at the programme.
Dwelling on the initiative, Joy said, “At CRI we first started initiating discussions with youths. We noticed then the young generation’s passion for the country and its people. They are ready to work for the country and its people.
“They have their own vision, their own plan, their own idea, which are amazing. I’ve seen many who are working for their village or area on their own initiative, spending their own money.”
The Young Bangla platform and the Joy Bangla award had been initiated keeping these entrepreneurs in mind, said Joy.
However, it would not only be limited to giving awards to the youths, he said.