Centre for Research and Information (CRI) had an extensive presence at the 20th National Conference of Bangladesh Awami League. Being held on the 22nd October and 23rd October, 2016, this two day mega democratic exercise is taking place respectively at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan and the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), Dhaka. CRI had lined up a host of activities and creations designed especially for the attendees at the council, publicize the history of the party as well to ensure maximum engagement of the people at large with the event in question. In this report, we will look at CRI’s special “Let’s Ta!k with Bangladesh Awami League” organized at the conference venue.
Let’s Ta!k provides a much-needed avenue for young people to constructively engage with Members of Parliament, ministers and other prominent politicians and debate topical issues which are of relevance to them. Through Let’s Ta!K, CRI helps to facilitate opportunities for informal but in-depth political dialogue among the future leaders of Bangladesh – the youth and the politicians. No topic is off the cards, there are no formalities nor are there pre-screened questions. Everything is up for discussion, and everyone is invited to share their opinion.
In this special session of Let’s Ta!k, arranged by CRI at the albd.org pavilion at the 20th National Conference venue at Suhrawardy Udyan, local level leaders and workers and youth activists and supporters of the party got the unique opportunity to ask any questions to their young central leaders, MPs and policymakers. The topics discussed include national and local development, youth engagement, ministry wise discussions, international and national politics, publicity of governmental successes and the need for wide dissemination of political and government messages.
The following leaders took part in the discussion: Mr. Yeafesh Osman (Central Science and Technology Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League and Minister of Science and Technology), Mr. Nasrul Hamid (Central Committee Member and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources), Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Central Committee Member and State Minister for ICT Division), Ms. Tarana Halim (State Minister for Post and Telecommunications), Mr. Nahim Razzaq MP, Mr. Nazrul Islam Babu MP, Dr. Murad Hassan MP and Mr. Md. Shafiqul Islam Shimul MP.