The Bangladesh Armed Forces is making significant contributions to peacekeeping in various countries as part of UN missions, says Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the Armed Forces to play their role in advancing the nation as well as maintaining democratic and constitutional stability in the country.
“Bangladesh Armed Forces is making significant contributions to peacekeeping in various countries as part of UN missions," she said while delivering her speech at the graduation ceremony of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) 2018-19; at Sheikh Hasina Complex of Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka, on Thursday.
"They will also have to play an important role in the progress of the nation, and in maintaining democratic and constitutional stability, so that we can maintain the country’s ongoing development trend,” she furthered.
Sheikh Hasina said the Armed Forces have earned a reputation of credibility, in foreign lands, with their honesty and professional efficiency. They act as a symbol of the country's independence and sovereignty.
“Alongside the noble responsibility of protecting our sovereignty, the members of our patriotic Armed Forces are also making significant contributions to the fields of: tackling crises and disasters, constructing infrastructure, supporting socio-economic development, and maintaining law and order,” the prime minister added.
Mentioning that her government wants to build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country, she said the Armed Forces continue its contribution in various arenas in this development journey.
Talking about the country's development, Hasina said her government has accomplished tremendous developments activities in all sectors in the last 10 years. "People are now enjoying the fruits of our development programs. Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world."
She said the government has a plan to set up a nuclear power plant in the country's southern region on completion of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project.
About the Padma Bridge project, Hasina said the World Bank has failed to prove allegations of corruption brought against her government.
Bangladesh started constructing the Padma Bridge with 100% finance from its own funds. "I think that this decision has changed the image of Bangladesh in the whole world," she added.
She wished the graduates of DSCSC 2018-19 success in their professional, social, and family lives.
Mentioning the graduating officers, she continued: "This course will make you more confident in discharging assigned duties and in facing challenges more efficiently.
"You will now be prepared to undertake a higher leadership role, and perform your duties with integrity," Sheikh Hasina said.
Taking note of the 11 female officers graduating this year, the prime minister said it is encouraging to see the remarkable number of female officers graduating every year. "I hope the trend will continue," she noted.
Sheikh Hasina said the Father of nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman placed special emphasis on building disciplined and professional Armed Forces for independent Bangladesh. In line with it, this College was established for higher training of the Armed Forces officers.
Mentioning that the world is moving forward, she said: "We will have to take training programs keeping consistency with it."
Pointing to overseas graduates, the prime minister said Bangladesh is a peace-loving country and its trust and respect for world peace is aptly echoed in its foreign policy – “Friendship to all and malice to none on the basis of equality.”
"We, thus, continue to maintain warm and friendly ties with your countries," she said.
Commandant of the College Maj Gen Md Enayet Ullah delivered the welcome speech.
A total of 215 officers, including 118 officers from the Army, 29 from the Navy and 23 from the Air Force—plus 45 overseas officers from 19 countries of the world—graduated from the college this year. The 19 countries include: the USA, China, India, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Upon her arrival, Sheikh Hasina was welcomed by the commandant of the college. Later, she presented certificates to the graduating officers.
The college was established to prepare selected mid-level officers, of the three services, to assume increasing responsibilities, both in command and staff appointments.
So far, 3,902 Bangladeshi officers, five police officers, and 1,111 overseas officers from 42 friendly countries have graduated from this college.