Sajeeb Wazed Joy banks on youths to transform Bangladesh into developed nation

Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is pinning hope on the youths to attain the target set by the Awami League to make Bangladesh a developed country by 2041.

Published : 2 May 2015, 04:05 PM
Updated : 2 May 2015, 04:49 PM

“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.

“Apart from giving awards and recognitions, we have taken some more initiatives for them. We have arranged internship programmes for these youths to help and assist them in their venture.”
He said Bangladesh was striding ahead due to ruling party’s plan, efforts and vision.
“Our plan is not restricted to 2021, now we are planning to make Bangladesh a developed country by 2041.”
He also clarified why the award has been named ‘Joy Bangla Award’.
“Joy Bangla means victory for Bangladesh. It is not merely Awami League’s slogan but it is the slogan of our independence. People of Bangladesh will emerge victorious due to their own efforts. This is what Joy Bangla means.”
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