Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Friday assured the Dhaka University (DU) that the government will extend all-out support to it if any course on blockchain is introduced.
"The world is approaching the fourth industrial revolution. It will be an era of accelerated technological progress. People from all walks of life need to step in to seize the opportunities of the revolution," Kamal said while addressing the Accounting and Information System Alumni Association of the university.
The minister was accorded reception at the event marking the 25th anniversary of the association. The department honoured its former students with the inaugural "lifetime award."
The technological revolution will require skilled manpower to tap the potential, said Kamal.
He said the era will be characterised by major features including nano technology, robotics, blockchain, energy storage and quantum computing.
"The university will have to play the role in skilled manpower development. This requires sincerity and cooperation of all," the minister added.
He said that an institution generates numerous other institutions. The Dhaka University alumni have created countless institutions at home and abroad.
Kamala also announced financial assistance for the Alumni Association scholarship fund.
About the economic achievements of the country, he said Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing nations.
"The size of our economy was 58th even ten years ago. Now we are the 29th biggest economy in the world and will be able soon to outshine Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan."
Citing World Bank data, Mustafa Kamal said, "Bangladesh is among the 20 countries which will play a vital role in the world economy this year. Nearly 61 percent of the population is able to work which is unprecedented regarding demographic dividend advantage."
The minister emphasised enriching skills of the youths for the future.