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Empowering the role of youth in the country's development
Bringing together the young professionals of Bangladesh, parliamentarian Salman F Rahman speaks about the onset of fourth industrial revolution and the need of the hour

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bangladesh recently organized a leadership conclave — 'Together towards Tomorrow', in Dhaka for encouraging the contributions of young professionals towards the society, through interaction with people from different walks of life. The conclave addressed the three major aspects of overall business, improving innovation in finance industry, and the fourth industrial revolution.

Speaking on the occasion, Salman F Rahman, the chief guest and private sector industry and investment advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said, "The challenges poised to be created due to the fourth Industrial Revolution will be extremely tough. The young people should prepare themselves to face those challenges." The changes would be in tow with the need of an increase in the knowledge quotient, both academic and historical, of young professionals, the current student crop, and upcoming entrepreneurs.

The initiative might have a deeper demographic perspective to it – in terms of the economic potential of the country. Currently, Bangladesh has a very young population, which needs an impetus from the government and a conducive national market. The young generation, or 'Generation Z', forms the spine of the growth trajectory and development progress of any country. The initiative thus could present more opportunities for the nation.

For this, it is imperative that the Bangladeshi youth analyzes, and draws inspiration from, the role of spirit and hard work that drove the country's development in the last decade. On this, Salman F Rahman stated, "As the ones belonging to the privileged section of society, you have the responsibility to think and study about the history because with privilege comes responsibility."

Reiterating the discussion agendas, a responsible and hardworking youth could certainly have a direct impact on the common underlying idea – economic and social growth. To amplify the pace of development, Bangladesh needs to tackle and resolve the issues associated with both the aforementioned factors at all levels. This is where youth might be the deciding factor as the definition of growth is not restricted by the export numbers and GDP figures, rather it represents an all-inclusive approach that factors in social, economic, and cultural stability.

With regular conclaves of similar scale and words of guidance from authorities, diplomats, or advisors, it will not be a surprise to see the youth of Bangladesh not only living up to the expectations, but further lead the country's growth in the right direction.

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