On 23 November 2018 (Friday), Centre for Research and Information (CRI) organized its 20th session of its signature program, ‘Let’s Talk’ with the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina at Gono Bhaban, Dhaka.
CRI has arranged its previous editions of ‘Let’s Talk’ with number of ministers, policy maker and even youths, however, this was the first time with the Prime Minister. This was also a first for the political history of Bangladesh, where the Prime Minister directly talked to the youth and asked the participants to share their ideas and thoughts on the development of their country.
Demonstrating a strong sense of enthusiasm and vigor, around 150 young people selected from across Bangladesh, including professionals, service holders, entrepreneurs, students, sports and cultural personalities, and representatives of various youth groups and associations took part in the discussion, organized by the Centre for Research and Information (CRI). The premier interacted with a diverse group of youths and listened to their dreams, hopes and aspirations as regards the course of future Bangladesh.
The participants discussed at length the government’s policies and measures to take the country forward, including employment opportunities, quality of education, women empowerment, entrepreneurship and research, fighting the menaces of corruption and violent extremism and ensuring transparency in governance.
Taking up this opportunity, the participants also inquired about the struggles the Prime Minister had to endure throughout her life, including the tragic event of 15th August 1975, her days as an opposition leader, and her time in prison during the 1/11 era.
The Premier recalled her fond memories of her childhood and the lessons of her own youth to encourage the young minds of today. In a segment, titled: “What you have done if you were the Prime Minister?”, the young participants articulated their priorities for the country, including equitable development of regions, education for rural youth, welfare of persons with disability and so on.
Following the formal discussion, the Premier entertained the youth in the garden of her residence with refreshments and more informal chitchat. It was also an opportunity for the youngsters to take photos with the Premier.
“Let’s Talk” is a signature initiative of the CRI, where youth get the opportunity to directly interact with the policymakers. Several ministers and MPs had previously taken part in various editions of Let’s Talk, culminating in this special event with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
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