PM listens to youth aspirations, speaks about future plans

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DHAKA, Nov 23, 2018 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today interacted
with a diverse group of youths and listened to their dreams, hopes and
aspirations as regards the course of future Bangladesh.

The Awami League’s research wing, the Centre for Research and Information
(CRI), organised the interaction “Let’s Talk With Sheikh Hasina”, said a CRI
press release.

Demonstrating a strong sense of enthusiasm and vigor, around 150 young
people selected from across Bangladesh, including professionals, service
holders, entrepreneurs, students, sports and cultural personalities, and
representatives of various youth groups and associations took part in the
event.

For the first time in the political history of Bangladesh, the Prime
Minister directly talked to the youths and asked the participants to share
their ideas and thoughts on the development of their country.

The participants discussed at length the government’s policies and
measures to take the country forward, including employment opportunities,
quality of education, women empowerment, entrepreneurship and research,
fighting the menaces of corruption and violent extremism and ensuring
transparency in governance, the release said.

Taking up this opportunity, the participants also inquired about the
struggles the Prime Minister had to endure throughout her life, including the
tragic event of 15th August 1975, her days as an opposition leader, and her
time in prison during the 1/11 era.

Sheikh Hasina, elder daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman, recalled her fond memories of her childhood and the lessons
of her own youth to encourage the young minds of today.

In a segment, titled: “What you have done if you were the Prime Minister?”,
the young participants articulated their priorities for the country,
including equitable development of regions, education for rural youth,
welfare of persons with disability and so on.

“Let’s Talk” is a signature initiative of the CRI, where youths get the
opportunity to directly interact with the policymakers.

Several ministers and MPs had previously taken part in various editions of
Let’s Talk, culminating in this special event with the Prime Minister of
Bangladesh, the release added.

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