‘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.
All anti-tobacco alliance created a Human Chain against ‘Devi’ Movie broadcasting for breaching tobacco control law in front of National Press club on December 11, 2018. About 18 anti-tobacco alliance with 100 activists participated in the program. The organizations includes Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO), National heart foundation, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, ACD, YPSA, Bureau of Economic Research, WBB Trust, BATA, NATAB, PROTTASHA,TCRC, TABINAZ, BATA, Gram Bangla Unnayan Committee, BCCP, AID Foundation, PROGGA and others are participated at the Chain. The participant spokesmen from different organizations exclaimed with criticism for broadcasting smoking scenes in government funded ‘DEBI’ movie for breaching the tobacco control law 2005.They demanded to stop the broadcasting of the movie immediately. They also invited actors of the movies, theatre, and drama to abstain from those types of movie which promotes smoking.
After the human chain the representatives of alliance group submitted the memorandum to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Information ministry.
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.