Mahmudur Rahman
I am delighted in this momentous occasion as Chittagong Skills Development Centre (CSDC) is all set to begin its remarkable journey. The formation of CSDC is a shining example of successful partnership between industry and government to create a large and formidable pool of highly skilled Bangladeshi workforce. In line with its terms of references, Board of Investment (BOI) has always facilitated private sector development initiatives and, we believe, that CSDC is a significant step to develop our vast labor force, particularly, in our vitally important and rapidly expanding ICT Sector.
We hope CSDC will be able to offer practical and sustainable skills development solutions to attain our dual goal of supplying productive workforces to the private sector and fulfilling the national human resources development agenda. This maiden, consultative public-private partnership (PPP) will help to create a globally competitive Bangladesh especially in targeted manufacturing and service sectors. In addition, this initiative should also set precedence for future social development projects in the country.
I congratulate all the private sector and NGO partners - A.K.Khan & Company Ltd, AKTEL, Alcatel, Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ericsson, Huawei, Pedrollo Group, UCEP and ZTE - for undertaking this ambitious endeavor. Both as a Founder Member and the apex investment promotion and facilitation agency of the country, Board of Investment is committed to extend its supports to CDSC in developing a high-skilled, tech-savvy, world-class workforce contributing towards a knowledge-based economy in Bangladesh.
Mahmudur Rahman
Honorable Adviser, Energy & Mineral Resources Division, and Executive Chairman, Board of Investment

Christine Wallich
I would like to congratulate Chittagong Skills Development Centre (CSDC) and its pioneering industry-government partnership coming to fruition in just over a year. Human resource development is an explicit tenet of sustainable development, and enhancing the skills of Bangladesh's labor force, as the CSDC initiative is endeavoring to do, will prove vital to leveraging its competitive advantage. Chittagong Skills Development Centre's private-public collaboration has the potential to play a significant role in this regard, through providing skills demanded by the labor market in the expanding manufacturing and ICT sectors.
The World Bank is pleased to have offered technical assistance as a Steering Committee member in establishing CSDC, and it is heartening to see that this initiative has generated considerable interest among both the Chittagong and multinational business community in the country. I believe CSDC's novel private-public approach serves as an exemplary model for future initiatives in the area of skills development, and the World Bank will closely follow CSDC's progress over the coming years. We wish you all the best in this innovative endeavor.
Christine Wallich
Country Director- Bangladesh, World Bank

Salahuddin Kasem Khan
The concept of Bangladesh Inc. is sine qua non for rapid economic development as exemplified by Malaysia and other advanced developing economies based on the Japanese model. As an industry-led-government smart partnership, CSDC will strategically focus on Bangladesh's thrust sectors, ICT and Manufacturing. Bangladesh must technologically leapfrog by providing both our young professionals and unskilled labor pool practical technical knowledge to sustain our promising ICT sector and participate in the global knowledge economy. On the manufacturing side, constant technology-related skills upgradation in our globally-competitive RMG and linkage sectors are imperative for long-term viability.
Furthermore, with foreign investors and multilateral agencies recognizing Chittagong's growing importance as the nation's commercial and transportation hub, an economic corridor and a regional trade gateway, concurrent human resource capacity building proves mission-critical. CSDC is fully committed to developing our vast workforce to realize these long-term industry objectives.
The Karnaphuli Valley in Chittagong, following in Penang's footsteps, has the potential to become our nation's Silicon Valley. A knowledge-based skilled force is the economic imperative to create knowledge-based industries in Chittagong which will one day attract the likes of Ericsson, Alcatel, Huawei, Microsoft, ZTE and Intel to establish manufacturing and research facilities in Bangladesh. We believe CSDC can help create a "niche" market between our two giant neighbors by unleashing our immense workforce potential; to ultimately join the ranks of the Newly Industrialized Countries in the future.
Salahuddin Kasem Khan
Managing Director, A. K. Khan & Co. Ltd. & Chairman, CSDC

Dato' Boonler Somchit
It is my honour and pleasure to be part of this very historic event, the inauguration of the CSDC.

My colleagues and I are very impressed by the speed of execution and commitment of the Steering Committee in setting up the CSDC in such a short time. I clearly recall the initial meeting with Mr. Salahuddin Kasem Khan in Penang in July 2003 when the idea of setting-up the CSDC was discussed. I was also informed that this initiative was first mooted between TM International and AK Khan Foundation. I salute all the individuals and organizations for operationalizing this as I firmly believe that investment in human capacity building will ensure the economic success of any nation.

The level of support from the various stakeholders, mainly the Government, Industry and Associations is laudable. With the establishment of the CSDC, I am confident that the Centre will provide the vital training for the workforce not only in the Chittagong Export Processing Zone (EPZ) but also for the whole of Bangladesh.
I would also like to thank all the people who have given the PSDC the opportunity to be involved in the setting-up of the CSDC mainly Mr. Christian de Faria, then CEO of TM International, who was also the former Chairman of the PSDC and Mr. Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Managing Director, AK Khan & Co Ltd. and Mr. Mikhail I. Islam. These gentlemen had foresight and vision and more importantly, the passion to set-up this successful Skills Development Centre. We from Penang, Malaysia are proud to be associated with the CSDC and are committed to assist in any way possible.

Last but not least, we look forward to a long and successful strategic partnership with CSDC and to share best practices in Human Resource Development to strengthen manpower for both nations.

Dato' Boonler Somchit
Chief Executive Officer, PSDC

 

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