Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) organised a seminar titled ‘The Economic Development of Bangladesh: Achievements and Potentialities’ on 3 October 2018 at NDUB auditorium from 11:00am onwards. The programme was presided over by Professor Dr Father Patrick Daniel Gaffney, CSC, and Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University Bangladesh. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Minister, Ministry of Finance, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was the chief guest and Fazle Kabir, Governor of Bangladesh Bank was the special guest of the event where Professor Dr Md Azizur Rahman, Chairman, Department of Economics, NDUB, was the keynote speaker.
The event was aimed at enlightening the youth by the veterans in the academic and practical field of economy, and so the programme set sail with an academic session chaired by Dr Md Aynul Islam, Professor & Chairman, Department of Economics, Jagannath University where discussants were Dr Md Zahirul Islam Sikder, Professor & Principal, Dhaka City International College and Dr Muhammad Mahboob Ali, Professor & Coordinator, Dhaka School of Economics.
Father James Cruze, CSC, Chairman, Board of Trustee, NDUB welcomed all guests on stage. He said, “At the beginning, I quote from Eleanor Roosevelt—The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. I find this idea very much connected with today’s topic, ‘The Economic Development of Bangladesh: Achievements and Potentialities’. Personally, I believe and I have found that the young generation has unlimited possibilities to build up Bangladesh as a first world country.”
Following this, a keynote paper was discussed by Professor Dr Md Azizur Rahman. In his speech he expressed to the audience, “Bangladesh has majority of its population within the economic active or working age group (15-64 years) in the last two decades. The GDP growth rate 7.86 percent in 2017-2018 is happy news for us.”
Furthermore, Fazle Kabir, Honourable Governor, Bangladesh Bank shared, “The meaning of Notre Dame is ‘Our Lady’ which in French refers to Mother Mary—thus referring to knowledge and wisdom. I thank this university for organizing such a didactic seminar for the youth to know the potentials of the country. It’s my pleasure to be a part of this intellectual event.”
Moving forth, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, “Our present condition should be to increase effective demand and diversifying products. This is what I have been following for the last ten years, and I propose that my successors also follow this strategy.”
Before the concluding speech, prizes and certificates were distributed to the distinguished guests, chief guest and special guest. Finally, a vote of thanks was delivered by Registrar of NDUB Fr Adam S Pereira, CSC.