The international CRAFT-(Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation) meeting was organized by Susashoner Jonny Procharavijan-SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) in association with Oxfam & Tax Justice Network-Africa at Hotel Sarina, Dhaka on 10-12th March 2015.
MA Mannan, state minister of finance and planning, attended the inaugural session as the chief guest while Snehal V Soneji, country director of Oxfam in Bangladesh, chaired the session. Martine van Hoogstratem, deputy head of mission of the Netherlands embassy, Conor Molloy, programme manager of Oxfam Novib, and Sandra Kidwingira spoke at the session. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, chairperson of SUPRO, delivered his welcome speech while Dhana Ranjan Tripura, campaign and policy officer of Oxfam, moderated the inaugural session. In his speech, MA Mannan underscored the need for ensuring good governance in the country, though it is a difficult task. Different rules & regulations, made on taxation for private sector, are not for impeding them rather than facilitating them. He added, the govt. was strengthening measures to realize the Value Added tax (VAT).
Martine van Hoogstratem said that progress in education 7 healthcare services would reduce the hassles. She also emphasized creating conducive business environment for equitable growth.
Snehal V Soneji said, "Bangladesh economy is rapidly increasing and Oxfam is the first INGO delivering humanitarian service since 1971 liberation war".
Also two panel discussions were held respectively on `Tax Incentives & Exemptions, Double Taxation' and on 'Financing for Development'. Nazmul Huque Prodhan MP & GS of Parliamentary CACUS on National Planning & Budget, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid, ex- chairman of NBR, and Towfiq Khan, research fellow of CPD, Wilffred Sikukula, Group Director, World Vision Bangladesh, & KAM Morshed, Assistant Country Director, Policy, Innovation and Communications, UNDP, Bangladesh spoke at the session. Marion Nelly Busingye, programme manager of SEATINI, Uganda & Abdul Awal, EB member, SUPRO moderated the session. Among others, many representatives from 15 separate countries, national and international organizations from Asia, Europe, Africa regions including CSOs and media people attended the global meeting.
In addition on 11th & 12th March CRAFT business meeting were held where only the member country & representative attended.
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