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PM to global community: Ensure simplified transfer of technology at low cost

  • Published at 12:27 pm September 26th, 2018
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

She stated this at the United Nations on Tuesday, as a solution to challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday, attended the World Economic Forum's (WEF) plenary session titled, “Sustainable Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” at the Plenary Hall of the United Nations (UN) headquarters.

PM Hasina urged the international community to ensure a simplified transfer of technology at a low cost, among all countries, in order to face the challenges and risks during this period called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, UNB reports.

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters after the event held with chair, and President of the WEF, Borge Brende.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte–along with the CEO of Johnson & Johnson  and Mozilla Firefox – were invited to attend the WEF's plenary session.

The speakers focused on the activities of different countries to deal with the possible impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on education, jobs, and health.

The invitees were asked to say what they think about the possible challenges and risks posed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In her response, PM Sheikh Hasina said: “Bangladesh is a small country with a huge population. So, the biggest challenges are to ensure their food security, provide them with proper education, and equip them technologically so that they can secure jobs in the changed situation." 

Talking about “Digital Bangladesh”, PM Hasina mentioned the government's vision over how Bangladesh can connect with and benefit from the world.

She further added: "The international community has the responsibility to make sure that we get the technology easily, at a low cost, as we're not a major technology-producing country."

PM Hasina said Bangladesh needs to equip its citizens with technological skills by introducing different vocational training programmes—so that they can remove the risks of losing jobs in this era.

She also talked about Bangladesh's different programmes in the education sector—which include ones to distribute free textbooks and provide stipends to promote women’s education. 

"Now more than four crore students are getting stipends in Bangladesh," she added.

Addressing the event, the Dutch Prime Minister praised Bangladesh’s prime minister for warmly providing shelter for the forcibly-displaced Rohingyas.

Later, WEF President Borge Brende had a separate meeting with the Bangladesh PM, wherein he invited her to attend the annual meeting of the WEF—to be held at Davos, Switzerland, in January 2019.

Approximately 100 heads of government and states, as well as big investors, attend this meeting every year.

 "So, Bangladesh can raise its investment and development scenarios at the meeting," said WEF’s President while praising Sheikh Hasina for the development of Bangladesh.

Hasina also had a meeting with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the UN headquarters.

Queen Maxima, special representative of the UN Secretary General on Social Inclusion, congratulated the Bangladeshi PM for outstanding improvements in financial social inclusion—according to the, “Little Data Book on Financial Inclusion 2018,” a publication of the World Bank.

The Dutch queen also stated that Bangladesh has done better than many other countries in the financial inclusion index. She highlighted that the Netherland will work continuously with Bangladesh in this regard.