NRBs urged to contribute to knowledge economy
19 December 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal urged the Non Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) to contribute towards evolving knowledge economy of Bangladesh.
‘Millions of NRBs could make a big difference if they join their hands towards the evolving knowledge economy in Bangladesh,’ Ambassador Belal said during celebration of the 45th Victory Day at the Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague.
While paying tributes to the millions of martyrs and freedom fighters, the Bangladesh envoy recalled the contributions of the expatriate Bangladeshis at the time of our War of Liberation under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sharing anecdotes from the recent visits of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to the Netherlands and the Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh in November this year, Ambassador Belal highlighted unprecedented development spree in the country and urged the audience to do all they can to keep the momentum on.
Programme of the day started with the hoisting of National Flag at full mast by Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal in the morning at the Chancery premises, said a Press Release of Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague.
Expatriate Bangladeshi nationals living in the Netherlands and the officials of the Embassy along with their members of family attended the ceremony.
One-minute silence was observed in memory of the martyred freedom fighters who sacrificed their invaluable lives in the Liberation War. Messages of the President of Bangladesh, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs issued on the occasion were read out by the officers of the Embassy.
A special prayer was also held seeking divine peace for the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders and the valiant freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice for the independence of Bangladesh, and the peace and prosperity for the country.
In the evening, a discussion session on the significance of the Victory Day was held, where members of the expatriate Bangladesh community including President of Holland Awami League Maeed Farque, Vice-President Zakirul Hoque Tipu and Joint-Secretary Murad Khan, among others, took part.
The Ambassador highlighted the importance of instilling the spirit of liberation war among the current and future generations. He also elaborated the achievements of the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Other discussants also paid homage to the Father of the Nation, martyrs of the liberation war and renewed vow to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War.
A colourful cultural programme was organized at the Chancery premises, where the expatriate community as well as members of family of the officials of the Embassy enthusiastically took part.