Building Smart Bangladesh will require skilled manpower

FBCCI president tells view-exchange meeting in Rangpur

Published : 17 Jan 2023 08:32 PM

Time has come to bring a radical change in the  county's education system aiming at producing skilled manpower to face challenges of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) for building a "Smart Bangladesh" by 2041.

 "The academia and industrial sector should work inclusively to produce skilled, trained and expert human resources," President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md. Jashim Uddin said on Monday.

 He was addressing a view-exchange meeting titled "Current Trade-Commerce Situation in Rangpur division and Future Prospect" organised by Rangpur 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at its auditorium as the chief guest. 

RCCI President Mostafa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu presided over the event.

 Members of the Board of Directors of FBCCI, officials, executives of  different chambers and trade bodies from all eight districts of Rangpur  division, civil society members, women entrepreneurs, industrialists, traders  and journalists were present.  Senior Vice-president of FBCCI Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu, its Vice- president Md. Amin Helali and former FBCCI Director and Rangpur District  Council Chairman heroic freedom fighter Mosaddek Hossain Bablu addressed as  special guests. 

Professor of the Department of Economics of Begum Rokeya University Dr. Md. Morshed Hossain delivered a keynote article narrating trade and commerce  situation and future prospects in Rangpur division, prevailing issues,  discriminations and way-outs.

 Commissioner of Rangpur Divisional Customs Excise and VAT Commi­ssionerate  Suresh Chandra Biswas, Presidents of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of  Nilphamari, Panchagarh, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Panchagarh Small Tea Garden  Association President Md. Amirul Haque Khokon, Rangpur NASIB President Md.  Rakibul Hasan and BSS Senior Reporter Mamun Islam also spoke.

 Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu highlighted the huge potential for setting up  agro-based industries in Rangpur region alongside attracting domestic and  foreign investments. 

 He drew the attention of FBCCI President to set up a Special Economic Zone at 

the vast abandoned site of Shyampur Sugar Mills in Rangpur. 

 Babu, also a former RCCI President and incumbent Convener of the Bazar 

Monitoring Cell of FBCCI, sought full cooperation of all traders of Rangpur 

division to keep prices of daily necessities at a bearable level during the 

coming holy month of the Ramadan. 

 Amin Helali said issues highlighted in the guidelines of the keynote article 

would definitely play an important role in creating a favorable environment 

for industrialisation in Rangpur division.

 "The article has factually given a 'master plan' with direction in which way 

the private sector will run in the division," he commented.

 The speakers said industrialisation is not happening due to development 

inequality in Rangpur division where no mega project has been taken and 

poverty rate is increasing due to lack of industrialisation. 

 They called for speedy establishment of the proposed special economic zone, 

hi-tech park, provision of separate industry, credit policy, VAT and tax 

policies for Rangpur region and collateral-free loans for SME entrepreneurs 

to create a favorable environment for industrialisation.

The chief guest praised the main article that elaborately discusses 

prevailing potentials and problems of Rangpur division with outlines of Smart 

Bangladesh, Delta Plan, Vision-2041 and extensive development plans.

 "The FBCCI Research Cell will review the guidelines and issues given in the 

article and work for industrialisation to accelerate development in Rangpur 

division," he said.

He put special emphasis on turning youths into skilled manpower for local 

industries and before sending them abroad to enhance remittance earning by 


After implementation of the six-lane Elenga-Hatikumrul-Rangpur National 

Highway project and gas transmission line project from Bogura to Saidpur via 

Rangpur, the familiar scenario of Rangpur region's economy will change, 

expanding trade and commerce.

"We had a US$90 billion economy about 35 years ago. Currently, the volume of 

our economy stands at US$460 billion. Our economy will be US$01 trillion in 

2041 in a developed 'Smart Bangladesh'," he said.