24th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference
Bangladesh Scouts host the 24th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference, being held for the first time in Bangladesh, at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital from November 24 to 29, 2012. Two events were held on the conference's sidelines. These are Asia-Pacific Region Course for Leader Trainers at National Scout Training Centre of Mouchak in Gazipur from November 15 to 21 and the 7th Asia-Pacific Region Youth Forum at Brac CDM Centre in Savar from November 17 to 21.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the youths to take appropriate preparations to be able to assume the leadership of the country. “Take appropriate preparations, you've to take the positions where we are now. I want you to be here soon,” she said while inaugurating the two-day 24th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.
Chairman of World Scouts Committee Simon Hang-Boch Rhee, President of Bangladesh Scouts Md Abdul Karim, Chief National Commissioner of Bangladesh Scouts Md Abul Kalam Azad and Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee Habibul Alam, Bir Pratik, also spoke on the occasion. A statement of Filipino Vice President and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Scouts Jejomar C Binay was read out at the function. Sheikh Hasina also urged the Scouts to play an important role in turning Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021.
Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad inaugurated the forum hosted by Bangladesh Scouts with the theme 'Scouting Bridging the Gap'. A total of 71 youths, both male and female, are representing as many as 24 countries in the forum.