The two-day Youth Engagement and Support (YES) Dhaka Conference began here on Wednesday aiming to raise voice against corruption and create awareness among the youths about the adverse impacts of graft in the society.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized the conference at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University.
This year’s theme of the conference is ‘invincible youth shall resist corruption’.
Moderated by TIB executive director Dr Iftakharuzzaman, the inaugural session of the conference was addressed, among others, by DU Vice Chancellor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, TIB deputy executive director Prof Sumaiya Khair and TIB director Rezwan-ul-Alam.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Arefin Siddique said: “Dreaming is a right of youth. If you dream, you will have to turn that dream into reality.”
He urged the youths to come forward to prevent corruption by equipping themselves with world-class education.
Mahfuz Anam said the youths must contribute to build the nation by changing their mindset. “Although Bangladesh is a country of potential, it is lagging behind due to widespread graft.”
He said it is easy to say that today’s generation will lead the next world, but difficult to establish good governance and democracy as well as enforce rule of law to build a better country.