Agriculture is the key driving force of its emerging economy-Dr Wais Kabir, Chair, Asia Open Access, Dhaka -2019

Agriculture is the key driving force of its emerging economy-Dr Wais Kabir, Chair, Asia Open Access, Dhaka -2019

Open Access Dhaka 2019, Inaugural Ceremony: March 6, 2019

Inaugural Speech by the Program Chair, Dr Wais Kabir

Dr Wais Kabir

Distinguished delegates from home & abroad,

Academicians, Professors from different universities, representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, NARS and other organizations, Print and electronic media personnel as well as other distinguished participants Ladies and gentlemen,

Very Good afternoon

I feel happy to be a part of this first time gathering here in Bangladesh Asia Open Access 2019 Dhaka.


First, I want to thank BARC executive chairman for taking the initiative to arrange such an international event at the BARC campus.

Then, I must appreciate the Executive Director of Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Ms Kathleen Shearer, for selecting BARC as the venue of the event.

I have come to know that the Asia Open Access (OA) workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about global trends, share information across Asian countries, and help with local strategies for increasing the adoption of OA in Bangladesh. It is indeed an opportunity for the country as the regional scholars, academicians, thinkers, researchers, an intellectual community will be able to share their own knowledge and utilize that in their respective fields.

We all know that Our government is very enthusiastic to make Bangladesh a digital country in true spirit by 2021. The process has already started. As we know the present, the government has already created Open Government Data Portal (OGD).

The agriculture sector is playing a vital role in aspect. As we know, agriculture is the key driving force of its emerging economy. It is the principal component of seventeen Global Goals (SDG). The sector is linked with all the goals directly or indirectly.

As BARC is the apex body of the National Agricultural Research System, it would like to take the leadership of making the data, information and knowledge available and accessible to promote linkage among the policymakers, researchers, educators and other stakeholders. I wish whole-hearted co-operation in this regard from my Ministry of Agriculture

Finally, I hope this event will significantly contribute interested community to use the open resources for their respective fields to attain the national targets. of the valued participants from home and abroad and success of this two days event.

Thanking you all.

Dr Wais Kabir