A three-day first Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) Conference-2007 has started in Dhaka today (December 27) aiming to engage expatriate Bangladeshi scholars in economic development of the country. About 1100 NRBs take part in the conference.
During three days the NRB Conference 2007 will feature 20 seminars on 33 national and international issues including economics, development, information technology, agriculture, human resources and overseas employment, disaster management, medical science, environment, energy, security, textile and garments industry. Expert NRBs will present keynote papers at the seminars on ‘The Untapped Energy Mine the Revolutionary Scope of Renewable Energy Technologies for Bangladesh’, ‘The State and Status of Trade between Bangladesh and the USA and Pending Bills in the US Congress’, ‘Remittance a Vital Issue of Bangladesh’, ‘Skills Development in Bangladesh for the Global Market Place: Policy and Practice’, ‘Practical Challenges in Attracting Foreign Investment-a Comparative Perspective’ and ‘Investment Opportunities for NRBs in Bangladesh’, ‘Patriotism and Liberation War’, ‘The Success Factors in Arsenic Disaster Presentation and Follow up Actions’, ‘Maximum Utilisation of Limited Resources and Increasing Agro Productivity in Bangladesh: A Challenge for the Next Decade (2007-1017)’, ‘Bio-Fuel- A Great Resource for Poverty Reduction and Clean Air’, ‘The Informal Sector and Urban Environmental Management Legacies in Planning Education’, ‘Investment Opportunity: 2nd Generation NRBs’, ‘Drug Policy in Bangladesh’ and ‘eGovernment in Bangladesh: the Way Forward’.
The chief Adviser of the caretaker government, Fakhruddin Ahmed will attend the concluding function of the conference as the chief guest and distribute the awards. Moeen U Ahmed, Chief of Army Staff, and Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be present as the special guests at the closing ceremony on December 29.
. The conference will also incorporate Exhibition of Photography and Paintings of NRB. Publication Ceremony of the NRB authors will also be held at the conference. Scholars Bangladesh is also organizing Career Fair. At the Closing Ceremony of the three day Conference Scholars Bangladesh will award five NRB Scholars and five resident Bangladeshi Scholars a "Scholars of the Year" for their contribution.
The target of "First Non Resident Bangladeshi (NRB/PBO) Conference-2007" is to build a bridge between the Scholars at home and abroad. NRB Conference 2007 will focus on important national interest and this huge event requires wide and spontaneous involvement from every sector to make it a great success. Together we can change our world of tomorrow. We believe now is the time to go forward and build a better and prosperous Bangladesh.
The conference can create a scope for establishing a platform for the Bangladeshi scholars either living at home or abroad who can collectively make strategies and help in the development process of Bangladesh.