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Cabinet clears tariff commission act

  • Published at 05:53 pm June 17th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the cabinet Meeting at her office in Dhaka on Monday, June 17, 2019 Focus Bangla

The act proposed renaming of the Bangladesh Tariff Commission as Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission

The cabinet has given its final approval to the proposed Bangladesh Tariff Commission (Amendment) Act-2019, amending the country’s main tariff law which was originally enacted in 1973.

The approval came during a weekly meeting, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday, reports BSS.

“The (proposed) act brought four major changes in the existing law (Bangladesh Tariff Commission Act, 1992),” said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam in a press briefing at the Secretariat after the meeting.

He said the law suggested inclusion of the word “trade” in its title, and sought to widen its purview, obligate the Commission employees to maintain secrecy of their functions, and kept provisions of hiring consultants and research associates on ad hoc basis.

The act proposed renaming of the Bangladesh Tariff Commission as Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission, he said.

Shafiul Alam said the tariff law originally was enacted as a presidential order in 1973, later to be turned into an act in 1992, but the demands of the global, and domestic trading systems necessitated its amendment.

“The existing (tariff) law had many limitations,” the top government bureaucrat said.

He said that the commission was established in 1973 as a government office through a resolution, and later in 1992 the commission, through Bangladesh Tariff Commission Act-1992, was established as a statutory body.

Replying to a query, the cabinet secretary said, on Sunday, they received the report of the four-member probe committee formed to investigate into the passportless travelling of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar, and negligence of immigration officials at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in this regard.

“We are yet to open the report formally. To the best of my knowledge, it has suggested five to seven recommendations, which are mainly generics such as if any passenger or crew want to cross immigration he or she has to go through immigration procedure,” he continued.

The cabinet also extended its felicitations upon Bangladesh being elected as a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) of the United Nations, for the term 2020-2022, from the Asia-Pacific region by securing 181 votes out of 191, he said.

The cabinet also adopted a condolence motion on the demise of renowned theatre personality, and language movement activist Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed. It has prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul, and expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.