Bangladesh as an emerging developing country is committed to augmenting revenue and achieving fiscal discipline with a view to increasing self- reliance. The Government has recently taken some administrative policy reform in the tax administration but it is not sufficient for pro-poor and sound tax policy system. A tax system must be economically efficient, inflicting as little damage as possible on the economy. But there are huge challenges in regard to achieve progressive tax system and ensure tax justice.
Considering these perspective SUPRO showed interest to work on a sound tax system to minimize minimum losses of the country and logically economic improvement of Pro-poor and Progressive Tax System in Bangladesh with their campaign network partners so that the agenda can bring positive changes for poor people and redressing regressive pressure of VAT. SUPROs Tax Justice campaign also very much adhere to achieve the relevant target of government Fifth Five Year Plan and SDGs agendas.
On 15 May 2017 a project briefing event was organized in SUPRO Secretariat to disseminate the campaign focus and expected outcome of the project within the members of National Committee of SUPRO.The project was briefly narrated in the event. All the project activities and implementation strategy was shared in the meeting. Oxfam representatives, district campaigners under SUPRO district council members, national council members, SUPRO Secretariat staffs were participated in the project briefing meeting. Total participants were 24, among them 6 female and 18 male. The event was chaired by Mr. S.M. Harun Or Rashid Lal, SUPRO Chairperson. The inaugural speech was delivered by M A Quader, General Secretary of SUPRO. An action plan was developed through the opinion of the participants
SUPRO has observed World Health Day 2017 in districts and in national level concurrently. The theme of World Health Day 2017 from World Health Organization is " Depression: Let’s Talk". At national level on the eve of World Health Day SUPRO has organized a press conference at Sagor-Runi Auditorium, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka on 6th April 2017where Vice Chairperson of SUPRO, Manju Rani Pramanik chaired the event. In her speech, Manju Rani Pramanik said that the government should take responsibility to ensure the health care needs for its citizens. “The government should take effective steps to recognize the health as fundamental rights,” she added. SUPRO General Secretary MA Quader moderated the session and presented the key note paper.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Mazid, former chairman of NBR and chief coordinator of Bangladesh Diabetic Samity was present there as a chief guest. He said that depression is the root cause of physical and mental illness. “The people who are suffering from depressive disorder may grow the tendency to be addicted to drugs and may develop suicidal tendency in them,” he added.