President Md Abdul Hamid, saying the government alone cannot ensure all-round progress, has called for local initiative to hasten development.

“The government has certain constraints, since ours is a developing country. It is not possible for the government to ensure overall development,” he said at the inauguration of the ‘Noakhali Utsab 2015’ at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Friday.

“Groups of local residents or professionals and other social organisations can play an important role in regional development and social reforms,” he said in his speech.

The Noakhali Zilla Samity was the programme organiser.

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq, Noakhali Sadar MP Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, also spoke on the occasion.

The president urged the Noakhali businessmen to set up industries in their own areas.

“You can combine your efforts to set up a specialised economic zone. I believe the government will back the endeavour,” he added.

He said the district could also take advantage of its topography to promote tourism.

“I urge everyone to do something for their own localities… With our contribution, the country will surely develop,” the president added.