Investing in skills and vocational training will prepare our bulging youth population
It is good to see Bangladesh move up three places in the Human Development Index, published by the United Nations Development Program in its latest Human Development Report.
The HDI is about so much more than just economic growth --it is a measure of human well-being in broad terms, as defined by the freedoms and choices available to people.
While we have made admirable strides in this ranking, which the whole world pays attention to, it cannot be denied that there is still a long way to go -- indeed, we have the potential to go so much higher than our current placing of 139th.
No one disagrees that Bangladesh has shown tremendous dynamism, economically, in the past few years, promising to become an exporting powerhouse of Asia soon, with our ready-made garments industry driving much of the growth.
However, for Bangladesh to be truly developed in the fullest sense, we need to invest our people;this means paying attention to the indicators that factor into the HDI -- health, education, and income.
Investing in skills and vocational training will prepare our bulging youth population of the ever-changing and ever-competitive workplace, and make sure no one gets left out of the economic gains we are making as a nation.
Public health concerns, such as fighting potential dengue and chikungunya outbreaks should also be topmost priorities for the government, because a sick population cannot be expected to contribute meaningfully to its development.
It is time to focus on our greatest strength, and invest in our people.