• Monday, Mar 01, 2021
  • Last Update : 12:46 pm

Initiatives promised for pandemic-hit young entrepreneurs

  • Published at 06:49 pm September 5th, 2020
rmg workers
People wearing mask on Dhaka street Reuters

Youths advocate for autonomous organization dedicated to their interests

State ministers of two crucial ministries have promised to launch initiatives for young entrepreneurs and employees who fear losing their sources of income as the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down the global economic and business growth.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, Dr Md Enamur Rahman, and State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD), Swapan Bhattacharjee, voiced the words of hope on Friday night on the second episode of ‘Let’s Talk’ organized by Young Bangla to discuss the array of initiatives taken by youths to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

The virtual session, conducted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Special Assistant Shah Ali Farhad, was also attended by Mohammad Zainul Bari, secretary to Social Welfare Ministry, Korvi Rakshand, founder of Jaago Foundation, Israt Farzana Tanni of Young Bangla, Kamrun Nesa Mira, a winner of Joy Bangla Youth Award, and Rafi Hoque Ontor of Volunteer for Bangladesh.

Following the discussion with youths, Israt Farzana Tanni, as their representatives, came up with a handful of recommendations for the youth bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.

The recommendations include the rise in the participation of youths in the National Youth Council, receiving the suggestions of youths into account during the detailed assessment on National Youth Action Plan, incentivizing and recognizing the organizations of young entrepreneurs, and allocating funds for social innovation funds urgently.

She also recommended involving youths, to a greater extent, in social safety net management, disaster preparedness and management, community-based health programs, and national service programs to fight the Covid-19 crisis.

“The scopes of youths in the projects geared towards boosting local and export income must be increased,” said Israt Farzana Tanni.

Youths advocated for an autonomous organization dedicated to the interests of youths in addition to preparing a list of all young volunteers and volunteering organizations in the country.

What the state ministers said

Following the recommendations placed by Tonni, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said: “I’ll talk about allocating funds for the youths who became jobless. They have to be endowed with loans with low or no interests to reinvigorate their businesses.”

“Youths account for 37% of the country’s total population. We have to formulate fresh initiatives for them. Youths may be offered many scopes of work at the local and social welfare ministries through incentives. We have to go a long way with Covid-19. We have to keep the youth force active. There’s no alternative to complementing their efforts.”

State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Swapan Bhattacharjee said: “There should be required guidelines and training geared towards catalysing and channelizing the efforts of the youths. Financial support should be provided where required. I fully agree with the recommendations.”

Zainul Bari, secretary at the Social Welfare Ministry, said: “We have urban community development projects in city corporations and urban areas. There are many scopes for youths to work for different projects over there. We offer different kinds of training and small loans. Youths can harness that advantage to create self-employment opportunities for themselves.”

“Besides, if we can involve field-level youths to a greater extent… we’ll be able to select underprivileged people appropriately,” he added.

There will be a total of seven episodes taking place until Sunday.

Shuchona Foundation Chairperson and Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Thematic Ambassador Saima Wazed Hossain will deliver her speech in the ending session on the third day.

Ministers, state ministers, lawmakers, government officials, and high officials of the private sectors will interact with youths in almost all the sessions.

Young Bangla has been organizing 'Let's Talk' since 2014 to create a bridge between the country's policymakers and youths.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina graced the program with her presence before the 2018 election.

Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy also interacted with youths in a handful of episodes of 'Let's Talk'.

53
Facebook 52
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail