Shushashoner Jonno Procharavijan (SUPRO) is a network of local NGOs and CSOs to promote right based approach and campaign for good governance and economic justice organized Citizen’s Dialogue ahead of the national budget for FY 2019-20. SUPRO organised the programme at BMA auditorium at Topkhana Road where former governor of Bangladesh Bank (BB) Dr Atiur Rahman addressed the programme as the key discussant.
‘SUPRO’ organized a National Dialogue on 23rd December, 2018 in CIRDAP auditorium on Progressive taxation to reduce inequality. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank was present as chief guest. Mr. SM Monjur Rashid, Policy Advocacy Campaign and Communication Manager OXFAM in Bangladesh and eminent writer & researcher of taxation Mr. Shahjahan Siddiqui were present as special guests. In this event members and representatives of different civil society organizations, donors & development organizations, SUPRO national committee members, District committee members, representatives of different anti-tobacco alliances and journalists & media personalities were present at the occasion.
The Inception program on ‘Efforts for divestment of Government shares in British American Tobacco involving CSOs and Citizen Groups’ was held on December 9, 2018 with the cooperation of CTFK and Bloomberg initiatives implemented by ‘SUPRO’ at CBCB auditorium, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. In this event SUPRO National council, Campaign for tobacco free kids, different anti tobacco alliance, development organizations, CSOs and journalists were present and proclaimed solidarity to make tobacco free Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Government signed FCTC in 2003 later enacted the first Tobacco Control act in 2005. The project has started its journey through this Inception Program as a part of the implementation of the declaration of ‘Tobacco free Bangladesh within 2040’ by Prime Minister Seikh Hasina at South Asian Speakers summit in 31st January 2016 in Dhaka. At the same time this is the part of the implementation of the objectives 3(health), 11(safe city and communities) and 16 (live in peace) of the Sustainable development goals 2030. SUPRO has undertaken the project to make tobacco free Bangladesh by its nationwide networking efforts.