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PM: Want to develop well-trained armed forces

  • Published at 02:13 pm December 15th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the graduation ceremony of the NDC on Sunday, December 15, 2019 PID

‘The world is changing constantly. So, we’ll have to move keeping pace with the change’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government wants to develop a professional and well-trained armed force for Bangladesh to keep pace with the constantly-changing world.

“We’re well aware of what are needed for the country and when, and we’re taking measures accordingly. Because, we want to develop a professional and well-trained armed force,” she said, reports UNB.

Her remarks came at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence Course (NDC) and Armed Forces War Course (AFWC) 2019 of the National Defence College at Sheikh Hasina Complex in Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka.

She said the government was taking forward the armed forces to make it stronger and more time-befitting one by formulating the Forces Goal-2030 in light of the defence policy adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“We’ve been working to collect modern military hardware and arranging trainings,” she said. “The world is changing constantly. So, we’ll have to move keeping pace with the change. We’ve to have such military hardware and take all sorts of training in this regard.”

The prime minister said her government has been procuring the latest military hardware and arranging proper trainings for the armed forces personnel, so that they can be familiar with modern war equipment used in UN peacekeeping missions and do not hesitate to play their role under any circumstance alongside gathering experiences there.

She thanked the armed forces members for making contributions by standing by the people of the country during natural disasters and accidents.

She also urged them to come forward along with others to develop the country being imbued with patriotism.

Goodwill ambassadors

A total of 85 officers from the armed forces, civil administration and foreign military forces successfully completed the NDC Course 2019 and 38 the AFWC-2019 from the National Defence College.

Of the 85 NDC graduates, there are military officers from 16 foreign countries, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the UK, Mali and Niger.

The prime minister distributed certificates among the new graduates of the two courses, while NDC Commandant Lt Gen Sheikh Mamun Khaled delivered the welcome speech.

Hasina hoped that the NDC graduates, being inspired by the motto “Security through Knowledge,” will take the nation towards stability, self-reliance and sustainable development.

She said her government had established the college in 1998 with only Tk2 crore for the higher education of senior and mid-level officers of the armed forces.

She pledged to extend all-out support to the prestigious military college, saying it has now turned into an internationally reputed institution.

Pointing at the fresh graduates, she said the participants carried out studies and research over different important issues of the state as well as acquired knowledge over different problems and work plans of the governance of the state.

“I believe the prudent application of knowledge will undoubtedly have contribution to Bangladesh’s national progress,” said the prime minister.

She said foreign military officers from 24 friendly-countries have so far received higher training in the college. “You [foreign graduates] will be our [Bangladesh’s] goodwill ambassadors as you stayed here and have been able to know Bangladesh for last one year.”

Later, as the chairperson, the prime minister attended the 17th joint governing body meeting of the National Defence College and Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at the same venue.