‘Be the change-maker’, says Bangladeshi PM to Qatari students

Doha: During a visit to Qatar University recently, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon students to be the change-makers by remaining focused on their vision and having the mentality to embrace the future.

The Bangladeshi Premier addressed the student body as part of her three-day official visit to Doha. “Lead by example and be the change-maker,” she stated while attending a session for the students of Qatar University on the theme titled “Bangladesh: a development model: Learning from Sheikh Hasina.”

During her speech, Sheikh Hasina gave a brief description of the struggle of achieving Bangladesh’s independence under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and advancing the country towards transforming it into a developed, prosperous and Smart Bangladesh by 2041.

“We want to build a knowledge-based, SMART Bangladesh. In SMART Bangladesh, there will be a smart government, a smart economy, a smart population, a smart society, and smart manpower,” she said, adding that people will be skilled in using digital devices so that they can contribute to the fourth industrial revolution.

The purpose of Smart Bangladesh is to keep pace with the changing world and use digital devices in all areas of education, health, agriculture, industrial production, business, and trade, according to the PM. She continued: “To achieve the goals, we are setting up digital labs in all educational institutions, from primary to higher education. Computer training and incubation centers and hi-tech parks are being established throughout the country,”

“To represent a value, remain focused on your vision and make concrete plans to realize your vision…Trust your people and team. Invoke your maternal spirit and embrace the new and the future.”

PM Sheikh Hasina’s presence at the university is part of a larger itinerary, which also includes attending the Qatar Economic Forum-2023 and meetings with fellow political leaders Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, and Minister of Investment of Saudi Arabia, Khalid A. Al-Falih.

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