Future success requires competitive youth force

Staff Correspondent
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017


Former BGMEA president Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury Parvez certainly thinks so


Doing business will no longer remain an easy task in Bangladesh. The first generation of the businessmen was not faced with the kind of challenges that younger generations will have to cope with, according to former BGMEA president Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury Parvez, because the field was free and the demand for better infrastructures was not as high as it is today. “So, the new Bangladeshi entrepreneurs will have to overcome competitive atmosphere at home and abroad for being successful”. In an interview recently with Dhaka Courier, he emphasised on supporting the youth on their endeavours, as they will be the next success stories of Bangladesh.


Do you see our youth as tomorrow’s change-makers?


They are the future, as they have immense potential to lead and build Bangladesh. However, they will have to be shown the way how countries like Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and even Japan have reached their current state of development. The people of our generation are now at a state of giving vision and responsibility to a new generation. I think the history of development of some Asian countries could be the best lesson for Bangladeshi youths. Understanding of such transition will help them to contextualise the ideas for application in Bangladesh. This will give them a lot of confidence.


What do they need to attain that kind of success?


What we need to do today to make youths ready for the future is giving them quality education and building a pool of manpower based on the demand in the job market or prospective job market. I recommend the government should sit with the corporate sector and entrepreneurs to prepare a master plan for industries and thus restructure the education sector. We do not only need BBA and MBA degree holders rather we should give emphasis on basic disciplines and technical and vocation education to bring a balance. A workforce with technical knowledge will meet the demand for manpower in local industries and also contribute to increasing the remittances earning.


What do you think is missing in our economic progress thus far?


To see the country advancing quickly and for a better business atmosphere, we also have to focus on research and development and building an efficient bureaucracy free from partisan politicisation. It is true that our institutions have been weaker but there is nothing to worry if we can take initiative to correct our mistakes. Many countries have undergone the process of trial and error before being developed. Our task is to fix our problems as soon as possible.


Is our RMG industry still reeling from the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragedy?


Absolutely. Since the incident occurred in our country, it is we who have to take actions, credible actions. It is high time the government took the lead in informing the external forces including the international media that Bangladesh has taken a series of steps to address the situation. Such an approach can make the foreigners believe what we have done and are doing for future improvement. A positive branding of Bangladesh internationally is an essential task of us all concerned.


While addressing one issue, let us not forget that our ultimate goal is to build a developed Bangladesh by creating opportunities for all citizens especially for the youth force. Alongside RMG as major export earning sector, we have to boost other domestic industries for future employment and welfare of all. For that, the government will have to make infrastructures ready and provide policy supports targeting the future for helping the businesses to grow and sustain.

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