Dhaka, Bangladesh
Development in new era and the press

Development in new era and the press

Development today is not merely related to producing enough and feeding people to their belly's satisfaction. It is all about development with a human face. It is about advances in all fundamental aspects that make up a sound life and society. Development in the new millennium is redefined in a paradigm that holds all this: uplift of the economic status of the people, alleviating poverty, removing disparity, advancing their culture, promoting good governance and justice and so. The world body has defined it as Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. It is a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all of mankind. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Now, you know, it is not possible to achieve such great goals, quantified into 17, sustainably by the three pillars of a state: the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary. Besides interdependence of the three organs, there surfaces disagreement and spat among and between them. A tug-of-war over constitutional authority or jurisdiction in Bangladesh is a public knowledge these days. Then, who can be the arbiter here? The fourth pillar--call it the fourth estate. This is press. The press is the main guiding light to set things right, by way of critical appreciation of the deeds of the three other organs as well as all functionaries and citizens of a country. The free press, sound press is the index of a people being civilised, fit in a human society being dreamt of in the new era. With these ends in view, The News Today has embarked on a new journey through its ownership change. It is now a premier English-language daily, run by Prime Multimedia Limited or PML. The media outfit is sponsored by some renowned corporate houses that are engaged in most major fields of national development--education, technology, banking, insurance, housing, industrialisation and financing the economy. Job creation for millions of educated youths coming up every year in this populous country is a tough task. Government is doing a lot, but, surely, not enough to provide all of them. We in the private sector are doing our utmost to contribute to the national goal of job creation. This conglomerate is trying to groom new-generation people with job-specific higher education and orientation and helping them find decent jobs. Noteworthy here is that Bangladesh has succeeded in achieving main objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and now is working on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The government is working towards achieving those goals by the deadline. To achieve these goals our young generations are needed to be engaged in different sectors of development work. The youth needs to be innovative and motivated to accomplish these goals. Like many other fields, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest- growing economic sectors in the world. Modern tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses a growing number of new destinations. Over the decades, tourism has become fastest growing and one of most important economic sectors in Bangladesh, and many other countries for that matter. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress of our country. There are huge possibilities for the youths to be employed and engaged in tourism sector in Bangladesh. Last, but not the least, is the imperative for sound public-private coexistence and cooperation in the pursuit of leading Bangladesh on a higher trajectory of development by way of transition through MIC or middle-income country. State patronage is vital to further flourishing of the private-sector driver in the free-market economic order of the day. M.A. Khaleque is chairman of PML and multidisciplinary entrepreneur.

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