Master in Governance Studies (MGS) of DU, in association with the SUPRO and OXFAM, organized the seminar in Professor Mozzaffor Ahmed Chowdhury auditorium at Social Science Faculty, Dhaka University.
SUPRO’s general secretary & student of MGS Md Arifur Rahman placed the seminar paper & also placed a set of recommendations including implementing a fair, transparent and inclusive tax collection method to bring untaxed public in the government's tax net. SUPRO called upon the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and civil society people to come forward to translate public apathy toward taxation into active public engagement, which will also work to curb tax evasion.
SUPRO also stressed the need for advocacy and campaign in order to create political pressure to reform the taxation system by active public participation. The civil society network also recommended ensuring direct tax based budget and increasing budget allocation in essential public services, particularly in education, health, agriculture and social protection.
Social Science Faculty Dean & lead Economist of the country Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed, said lack of transparency among the NBR officials resulted in frustrating response from the public, depriving the government of large-scale revenue earnings. He also added that although the NBR has adopted a number of good initiatives, the tax collection agency has failed to achieve the optimum transparency in the sector,
DU Pro-Vice Chancellor (administration) Prof Shahid Akhtar Hossain, SUPRO director Alison Subrata Baroi, Marketa Drozdkova from Oxfam Novib, Md. Anwar Hossain, DG, Customs, Excise & VAT Training Academy (CEVTA) and Prof Dr Nurul Amin, among others, addressed the seminar.
More than two hundreds teacher, students, CSO’s representative & media people were attend the seminar.
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