The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood has urged people to inform them immediately if anybody demanded bribes.
“If anybody asks for bribe then inform us immediately in our hotline 106. You will face no problem in your job,” he told a discussion co-organised by ACC and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) titled 'Ensuring transparent and accountable public services for investment & business friendly environment in Bangladesh' held at the commission's headquarters in Dhaka on Wednesday.
“Open market is very important for business but corruption destroys the environment and impedes local investment. If local investment is hindered then foreigners will not be interested to invest in our country,” he said.
“We will nab all bribers and their accomplices. Run your business free from corruption. We will bring all corrupt people to justice,” Mahmood further said.
The ACC chief said the Transparency International, Bangladesh informed in a presentation last year that people gave bribes under compulsion.
He said they caught 25 people red-handed with bribes last year.
“We know that most business people are involved in corruption. We are concerned about corruption occurring in the business sector like back to back LC, over-invoicing and under-invoicing. We request you not to make fake documents while taking loans.”
The graft watchdog chief warned that the cases filed by the ACC ruined people like cancer.
Citing examples of New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Sweden, BIDA Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam said business people of those countries did not need to be concerned about corruption.
“Corruption is a major barrier to business. We have to work jointly to prevent corruption in all sectors.” he added.
Hasina Newaaz, director of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), said: “Even though bribe is prohibited in Islam we do not care about it.”
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) Director Salim Akhter Khan, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and industry's Secretary General Farooq Ahmed and Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry's President Syed Moazzem Hossain were also present at the discussion.