Economic Reporter : The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Wednesday published the Customs Modernization Strategic Action Plan 2019-2022 which highlights the information-based, result-oriented and time-bound development plan of Bangladesh customs for the next four years. In this regard, the NBR and Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (BICF II), implemented by IFC and funded by Department for International Development (DFID), jointly organized a publication ceremony of the Customs Modernization Strategic Action Plan 2019-2022 at a city hotel today. The publication outlines a comprehensive development plan for Bangladesh Customs with time-bound, evidence-based and results-driven activities to be implemented in the next four years. Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Moshiur Rahman attended the programme as the chief guest. PM's Adviser Dr Moshiur Rahman said Customs Modernization Plan is in line with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims at introducing online trading facilities in order to reduce the cost of doing business and reduce the number of steps in business procedures. He said the tax and tariff structure should have to be rationale for trade liberalization and simplification hoping that Bangladesh would move ahead further in the ease of doing business index through implementing the strategic plan. NBR Chairman M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the Strategic Action Plan is a comprehensive policy instrument, which encourages engagement of the business community to ensure their understanding and alignment with modern customs systems and procedures. He said now a days' modernization of customs is a well-discussed matter across the globe for simplification of trade and in line with that the government has been putting emphasis on modernization of customs for simplification of trade. Underscoring the need for acquiring knowledge on ICT by the junior officials for modernization of customs, Mosharraf said the officials like the Assistant Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners should have to advance a lot in terms of using ICT, he said those who would not adapt themselves with the use of ICT and technology, would lag behind.
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