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Into The Daughter of Himalayas :Bangladesh Outshines in Nepal

Iftekhar Ahmed Sakib

Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College

International Delegate to IY2018

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“Home of today’s and tomorrow’s change makers”-with this motto International Youth Conclave 2018 was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 14-16, 2018. 200 delegates, 25 mentors and 5 speakers from 25 different countries around the world made the event successful. Through the four thematic sessions namely- climate change, entrepreneurship, economic growth and good governance; International Youth Conclave(IYC) aimed to create a common platform and build consciousness for a better world.

Team Bangladesh comprised of noteworthy people like Bappaditya Basu, Ananta Bikash Dhamai  Nahida Jahan and 12 others landed Nepal on 13 December. The opening ceremony commenced on 14 December.  Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, the Rt. Hon. Pradeep Gyawali, was the Chief Guest. Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal H.E. Ms. Mashfee Binte Shams  graced the occasion as a Special Guest. After the inauguration, international speaker Mr. Troyevan Saragih from Indonesia conducted a session on Entrepreneurship and motivated the youths. The day ended after that with an Introductory Dinner.

The competitive sessions began on 15 December. Firstly, the delegates were briefed on the thematic sessions by the designated people in those particular fields. Then each team got 5 minutes time to prepare a 3 minutes presentation . Team Bangladesh presented on the topic ‘Good Governance in Bangladesh: Problems and Solutions’. They were highly acclaimed due to the unique solutions ranging from LGBTQ+ people to arranging referendum to voice the rights of everyone specially the youths. In the end, The Civil Society Organization conducted a workshop showcasing the importance of ICT in good governance.

Everyone in International Youth Conclave were cordially invited to the Embassy of Bangladesh in Nepal on 16 December 2018 to celebrate the 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh. Bangladeshi delegates got a chance to hold the pride of Bangladesh on a foreign land. Then everyone went to the Rashtriya Nach Ghar in Kathmandu to attend the Closing Ceremony and Cultural Program. Performers from Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh and of course Nepal enthralled the audience. In the end, there was a 7 minutes video to commemorate the 48th Victory Day which showcased the history, culture, heritage and development of Bangladesh. The Chairman of IYC 2018, Abhinav K Chaudhary, then formally closed the event with some noteworthy words, “IYC is a family and I hope IYC should not be bound by time to meet its family members”

On 17 December, judging on the presentations, I, Iftekhar Ahmed Sakib, Rassiq Aziz Kabir and Ashik Ahmed from Bangladesh were invited as the Guest Speaker for conducting a session on Good Governance between Nepal-Bangladesh youths organized by Bachelor’s level students from department of social work, Madan Bhandhari Memorial College under Tribhuvan University. The Executive Director of IYC Pukar Mahara facilitated the session.. Rassiq Aziz Kabir shares his experiences as, “It was really an experience of a lifetime. The session was very interactive which helped to increase our horizon of knowledge to a great extent representing Bangladesh in the global arena”

On 18 December  South Asia Partnership-Nepal and Setubandh awarded us ‘ The Emerging Young Leader’ for the outstanding contribution in Inspiring the youth. Ashik Ahmed shares his feelings, “This  is the biggest inspiration and will change the dynamicity of my life to  work for a better tomorrow.”

Nothing is prouder than witnessing the flag of Bangladesh fly high. And yes, on Nepal, I will surely miss the Nepalese people. Their talent, enthusiasm and hospitality is something that I will take back to Bangladesh.

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