Bangladesh will not be able to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without strengthening youth development organisations and creating jobs for the unemployed young people, speakers said at a dialogue on Friday.
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the Nagorik Uddyog and the Jago Foundation jointly organised the discussion titled “Electoral pledges and youth agenda” at a hotel in Rangpur city.
A large number of young people from Rangpur and other districts were present.
Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa, mayor of the Rangpur City Corporation, urged the youth to develop technical skills alongside receiving general education.
“One type of education is not enough for an individual to qualify in the competitive job market,” he said, urging the government to create jobs for the unemployed youth.
Debapriya Bhattacharya, a distinguished fellow of the CPD, said the proposed special economic zone in Rangpur can create jobs for a large number of unemployed youth in the region.
Alongside government initiatives, entrepreneurs are needed to achieve the SDGs, he said, adding that the SDGs cannot be attained leaving a single individual behind.
Moloy Kishore Bhattyachariya, a former professor of Carmichael College in Rangpur, and Zakir Hossain, chief executive of the Nagorik Uddyog, also spoke.