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MCCI Agragami 2017

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The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) has organized a first of its kind youth leadership programme‘Agragami 2017’, in partnership with Common Purpose, Dhaka South City Corporation and Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd.

MCCI Agragami 2017 is an intensive four-day leadership program that gives students and young professionals access to leaders and organizations in Dhaka city, helping them, to understand their context and unlock key leadership skills to better solve the city challenges.

The workshop brings together students and young professionals who willmeetgovernment officials, private organizations, policy makers, law makers, business leaders and so on to talk and sort out answers to the challenge of ‘How to make Dhaka a smart and inclusive city’

The four day-long workshop comprising competitive games, real life challenges and high-profile networking opportunities aimed to build confidence and hone professional skills in the leaders of tomorrow. At the end of the event, participants will present their ideas out of which the best ideas will be presented to a panel of judges including top business leaders.

The workshop is being conducted by Common Purpose, a global leadership development organization based out of the UK. It runs capacity building programs that inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society. It runs programmes in over 70 cities worldwide and has over 60,000 alumni.

The programme commenced on the October 16, 2017, with a selection bootcamp, gathering some 160 students from 16 leading public and private universities of Dhaka. Top 87 students made their way to the main challenge round, after day of rigorous interactive sessions and challenge solving. The selection panel included Mr. Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP, Mr. Rubaiyat Jamil of MCCI and Ms. AdirupaSengupta of Common Purpose.

The main workshop round began on October 17, 2017.MCCI President, Ms. NihadKabirin her opening speech said ‘Youth is one of the nation’s most valuable resources, and MCCI understands their importance in the process of the country’s growth. The aim of the programme is to make today’s youth ready before they dive into different sectors of work, in the process of solving a challenge to find solutions which may change our beloved Dhaka city forever’.

As the chief guest of the day, Honourable Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Mr. Mohammad SayeedKhokon officially presented the challenge to the qualifying 87 young minds. He also shared his experiencesand ideas with the students andparticipated in the interactive Q&A session during the event.The Honourable Mayor highlighted the importance of youth in shaping the future city of Dhaka and gave inspiration to the participating students.

Honorable State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Nasrul Hamid, M.P, presented a key-note papertitled ‘Road to Smarter City: A Power & Energy Perspective’. In his presentation he highlighted the key challenges of the city, the initiative taken by his ministry and the government and possibilities that will ensure Dhaka becomes a smarter city. He also shared different aspects of the ongoing plan of a model smart city that he is piloting in his constituency Keraniganj (Dhaka 3). Mr. Hamid also had a lively Q&A sessionwith the students.

The programmeis different from other such events because of its level of immersion and engagement with reality, as students are required to visit many of Dhaka’s majorgovernment, non-government and private institutions,(such as the ICT Ministry, Centre for Urban Studies, Maasranga TV, Uber Bangladesh, bKash Limited, Mutual Trust Bank Ltd., Proyash Autism School, Jaago Foundation and so on)to learn about the existing problems and their possible solutionsfor imposing better living standards in Dhaka city today. The immersion visits are designed to extract insights and explore the initiatives that these organizations are taking to make Dhaka a better city.

Senior members of top business housesare also participating as mentors and advisers, as the students attempt to design solutions to many of Dhaka’s pressing issues.

The students are expectedto find new and innovative solutions to problems of traffic, pollution, sanitation, security, public transport and waste management, among others.



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