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Welcoming the new cabinet

  • Published at 11:59 pm January 7th, 2019
Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN
Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

Cooperation will remain key in the future, as Bangladesh has tough and diverse and difficult challenges ahead

With Bangladesh having just concluded its 11th parliamentary elections, it is time for us to look to the future.

The first job for the prime minister is always the selection of the cabinet.

We are very encouraged to see that the cabinet selected by the prime minister is filled with new faces with a reputation for dynamism and competence.

This is not to say that the stalwarts who have served this country well in the past will not be missed. We honour the service and contribution of the outgoing ministers, and wish them well with the grateful thanks of a nation.

But an injection of new blood into political bodies is almost always a good thing, and so it is with the current cohort, for whom hopes and expectations are high.

The make-up of the cabinet has been well received by commentators and the general public alike, and the prime minister’s choices send a strong signal about how she intends to move forward.

She has rewarded good performance and given new faces a chance to prove themselves, and she and the nation will be expecting the new cabinet to deliver. 

What we hope for as a nation is that the new cabinet and its members, be they old or new, will take charge of their duties with the utmost seriousness and vigour, and work with each other to ensure that Bangladesh’s path to progress remains on course.

In the past, Bangladesh has often been held back by implementation falling short of intentions. We trust that the newly assigned cabinet members will do their very best to create a more efficient and effective polity.

Cooperation will remain key in the future, as Bangladesh has tough and diverse and difficult challenges ahead.

The need of the hour is to provide the highest quality public service to the citizens of this country who have worked tirelessly to take it to where it is now: A major economic powerhouse on an upward path towards prosperity.

As we move forward into 2019 with a brand new cabinet, it is time to get down to the less glamorous job of getting the work done, advancing opportunity and development, protecting human security, and fulfilling the expectations of the citizenry.